Petition to release Soni Sori

There is a petition doing the rounds to protest against the recent torture and sexual abuse of prisoner Soni Sori.

A school teacher from the Dantewada, Sori had exposed evidence of police misconduct in the framing of several cases against her. She was forced to flee Chhattisgarh and was arrested before she could file a petition in the Supreme Court. In custody, the Chhattisgarh police allegedly tortured Sori. A subsequent independent medical examination found sizable stones lodged in her vagina and her rectum and severe damage to her spinal cord.

The petition also demands that torture and other prison abuses, intimidation of human rights defenders, the practice of filing false charges, extended detentions without trial, and arrest, detention and trial as punishment must end. It also demands the law against sedition (Section 124A of Indian Penal Code), laws which give unconditional and unchecked power to the authorities, such as UAPA, AFSPA and CSPSA, be abolished. The petition is on the website of Association for India's Development and will be submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Raman Singh and President Pratibha Patil. To sign the petition, log on to,com_facileforms/Itemid,479/

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