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Press Release of JNUSU

Press Release
21.02.2008

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) appeals for solidarity with People’s Doctor Binayak Sen.
JNUSU organises a medical camp in solidarity with Binayak Sen’s missions and demands his release

As part of JNUSU’s continuous and prolonged efforts to ensure rights and facilities for contract and daily-wage workers on campus, JNUSU is organising a Medical Camp with the help of doctors and research scholars in the Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, SSS, JNU.

This Medical Camp for the workers is being held in solidarity with the country wide efforts to ensure the release of PUCL Vice-President and Peoples’ Doctor, Dr. Binayak Sen who is presently incarcerated.

Dr. Binayak Sen used to be part of the faculty of CSMCH, and is known for his efforts in extending medical treatment to the poorest sections of society. Dr. Sen, a paediatrician and public health doctor and human rights activist, was arrested on May 14, 2007 in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh. Sen was detained under provisions of the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, 2006 (CSPSA), and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967). He remains in police custody till date.

For the past 30 years, he has been promoting community rural health care centres in the country. He helped to set up the Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha’s Shaheed Hospital, a pioneering health programme for the region. Sen and his organisation has been on the forefront of chronicling fake encounters, rapes, burning of villages, displacement of Adivasis and loss of their livelihoods. He has always stood against senseless killings and advocated for peaceful methods. Dr Sen’s arrest is clearly an attempt to intimidate human rights activists and democratic voices that have been speaking out against rights violations.

In response to JNUSU’s call for support, the JNU teaching community also extended their contribution and solidarity for the medical camp.

Sd/-

Sandeep Singh
President, JNUSU

February 26, 2008 - Posted by | statements

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