The Fate of Dr Binayak Sen

The life sentence awarded to Dr Binayak Sen should shake the conscience of the nation.  Dr Sen is a person who dedicated his entire life for the welfare of the poor and the downtrodden.  After completing his MD in paediatrics from CMC, Vellore, Dr Sen worked at the Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, as a faculty member.  Later he started working for tuberculosis patients in Madhya Pradesh in collaboration with a community based rural health centre.

In the 70s Dr Sen joined the Medico Friends Circle, a national organisation of health workers, which sought to evolve an alternative health care system for the economically weak sections.  Later he worked for the mine workers in Chhattisgarh and set up a hospital with the help of the workers. 

In the 80s Dr Sen moved to Raipur where he worked along with government agencies for community based health programmes. Along with his wife, Dr Ilina Sen, he set up an NGO, Rupantar, for health workers.

For some time he was the General Secretary of People’s Union for Civil Liberties.  The work of this organisation covered divergent issues such as custodial deaths, fake encounters, hunger deaths, malnutrition, and dysentery.

When Maoism spread across the state of Chhattisgarh and neighbouring states, the Chhattisgarh government formed Salwa Judum, a reactionary people’s movement to fight the Maoists.  Dr Sen questioned the excesses of Salwa Judum.  This brought him under the scanner of the government.  Ever since he was viewed as a Maoist or at least a supporter of Maoism.

And now he has been put behind the bars for many years. 

Dr Sen has won a number of awards, both national and international, for the commendable services rendered by him for the poor and the oppressed.  He now deserves a far better deal than what the Chhattisgarh government and other selfishly motivated powerful people are giving him.

Dr Sen’s fate is a shameful blot on Justice, on humanity, on civilisation itself.

 Photo courtesy Countercurrents


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6 Responses to The Fate of Dr Binayak Sen

  1. panchali says:

    sad indeed. it takes courage and more to be able to dedicate one’s whole life for others. and for what!everyone should know of the injustices suffered by some for the sake of so many….


  2. Sunil Deepak says:

    The judgement has left me in anguish.

  3. habib M H says:

    Dirty judiciary.

  4. Aditi says:

    Absolutely shameful, really, Matheikal. The way the actual disruptors of national integrity are dealt with kid gloves and the way Dr Sen is being treated, it is a national shame.


  5. dawnanddew says:

    Really obscene. I read the news the day I got alert from Countercurrents. Really the news demoralises all our forward thinking and kills one’s sense of social service. It questions our basic security standards. How will anyone be motivated to sacrifice their life for the good causes, hearing such news across the nation?
    Another example is that of the Forest Service Officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi in Haryana who got twelve transfers in 5 years, an illegal suspension order, a fabricated chargesheet, denial of promotion and a spoiled annual confidential report for his unearthing of a multi-crore scam involving senior officials, implementing the SC’s orders preventing a wildlife sanctuary from being destroyed and stopping govt. money from being spent on private lands of politically influential people. (courtesy:ToI) Even the Centre’s interference has no power to save him from the local giants of Haryana Govt.
    People like the notorious 250-crore-Puri alone can feel safe in this currupt nation.

  6. Raghuram Ekambaram says:

    My focus on this issue is almost exclusively on the legal proceedings and the outcome. It can be no one’s case in a court of law that a celebrated person cannot be a criminal. But, in effect agreeing with you, I merely queston why and on what grounds did the court decide he was guilty and deserved this punishment.

    Raghuram Ekambaram

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