April 26th, 2012
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SONI SORI, THE STATE FUCKS YOU

Branding the person with an indisputable, unquestionable tag of being a Maoist or a terrorist, is today , the most convenient and fashionable justification to imprison or to torture someone. The distinctly different terms are often used synonymously. This formula used by the state to subjugate and target innocents, is an old tactic that has been in existence since the origin of the State. The well constructed frame is capable of shattering any evolving political uprising or human rights agitation. You can torture, encounter, mercilessly kill and dump the body into a stinking gutter if you are armed with this formula.

Maoist Relation

Niranjalli Varma

Scores of people languishing in jail have the immutable, indelible, eternal Maoist insignia impressed upon them by a callous State’s draconian, undemocratic laws. It is as easy as throwing the net to capture a handful of headstrong, free spirited, wild mustangs; branding them with red hot burning iron rods and adding them to an existing herd, to breed, feed or slaughter as per the fancy of the owner. Like the horse that carries the mark for a life time, these innocent Aadivasi’s or so called Maoist sympathizers are “rounded up”, whenever it suits the state; to be thrown behind iron bars and to be blamed as the convenient scapegoat. They finally become the play toy of the State, the changing governments and authorities to torture at will. Prisons are crowded with such Aadvasi people, many of whom have no idea what their crime is.

Letters From Jail Branding the person with an indisputable, unquestionable tag of being a Maoist or a terrorist, is today , the most convenient and fashionable justification to imprison or to torture someone.The distinctly different terms are often used synonymously. This formula used by the state to subjugate and target innocents is an old tactic that has been in leadexistence since the origin of the State. The well constructed frame is capable of shattering any evolving political uprising or human right agitation. You can torture, encounter, mercilessly kill and dump the body into a stinking gutter if you are armed with this formula. It is the panacea, the wonder drug that can cure all the problems faced by the state. In India which movement or human rights activist has escaped from the death like clasp of this labeling? The Government or the State either directly or through other agents embosses the Maoist label. It makes us wonder, are these branding agencies that are desperately trying to contain the protest movements the ‘Maoists’?

Soni Sori a thirty six year old Aadivasi teacher and a mother of three young children from the Bastar district of Chattisgarh was arrested on October 4, 2011. She was handed over to the Chattisgarh police. Since then the innocent teacher has been a victim to gruesome abuse and torture while in custody by the police and authorities. Stones were shoved up her vagina and rectum to force a confession out of her that validates the allegations of her being a Maoist courier and sympathizer. Soni Sori faces the charge of helping Maoist rebels and exhorting money from a corporate mining firm. The same allegations were slapped on her as those that were imposed on the human rights activist, Dr Binayak Sen. Soni Sori is yet another unfortunate prey hunted down by the grey hounds. She is a number to the expanding herd of branded Maoists. The Chattisgarh government has accused more than 40 human rights activists of being Maoists.

Even as pressure was mounting on the authorities to initiate an impartial investigation into the charges leveled by Soni Sori; the State in recognition of the patriotism, bravery and courage exhibited at the time of crisis, awarded Mr Ankit Garg, Superintendent of Police who stripped, molested, verbally abused, sexually tortured, assaulted  and shoved stones up the private parts of Soni Sori, with the highest honour- the Presidents Police Medal for Gallantry on 26th January 2012- the day that marks the 63rd Republic Day of India.

In Hand cuffSoni Sori’s family has also been a target of harassment and continuous attacks. She and her family have been the convenient dart board for both the authorities and the Maoists who playfully throw darts and torture them whenever and however it suits them. Her father was shot in the leg by Maoists, her husband has been in jail for almost a year and her nephew was arrested in September 2011 for being a Maoist sympathizer. Her children who need support are living as abandoned orphans.

Soni sori is today a prisoner of conscience because she is being held in prison solely for criticizing the human rights violation committed by security forces, the civil militia – the Salwa Judum and the armed Maoists.

Several International Human Rights commissions such as Amnesty international and National Human rights commissions has taken up her case for they are appalled and shocked by the human rights violation and torture that she was subjected to. In protest Amnesty presented the State with virtual garlands of shame as they continue to foster a culture of impunity.

Except for some facebook intellectuals Soni Sori is still a non existing figure in Kerala. Soni Sori’s ordeal is a revival of the horrors witnessed during the emergency period. “ If lathi had reproductive capacity I would have been able to give birth to lathi babies”-The youth of Kerala has grown listening to these brave words of outburst of Gowriyamma who was subjected to similar torture during emergency period by a repressive dictatorial state. The story of Soni Sori the tribal teacher is one that cannot go unnoticed.

In order to comprehend the intense pain suffered by the Adivasi woman we publish her letters on next page..

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One Response to “ SONI SORI, THE STATE FUCKS YOU ”

  1. pressy

    hw brutal??? That tooo in India??????????

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