Dr. Binayak Sen, paediatrician and senior civil rights activist, has spent decades training and helping people in villages in Chhattisgarh – running free clinics in remote areas and helping enable communities to provide health care. He is also the national vice-president of People’s Union for Civil Liberties and a critic of the Salwa Judum – the government-sponsored movement to counter the Naxalites.
He has recently been charged for ‘aiding and abetting Naxal activity in the State’ under the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act 2005 and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 2004 and is in federal custody.
Outrage against this action has been universal. There are a number of appeals on-line for his release: Asian Human Rights Commission, People’s Movement, People’s Union for Democractic Rights. And one that everyone can and should sign.
Dr. Sen’s nephew is a friend and fellow History graduate student at the University of Chicago.