Adivasi Leader Soni Sori Brutally Attacked
21 February, 2016
Adivasi leader from Chhathisgarh, Soni Sori was attacked near kodenar in bastar. About three men threw some some substance on her face causing intense burning and pain. She was taken to the geedam hospital and is now being taken to the Jagdalpur hospital.
Soni has been receiving several threats for her continued work to affirm the rights of the adivasis. In the last few months she has been hounded by angry mobs, had her house vandalised and even issued death threats. Yesterday the police arrived at her voice claiming the title to her house was defective and stating that she needed to vacate, this despite the fact that no house in the area has been issued a patta by the state.
It is not a coincidence that the physical attack on her comes at the heels of the forced eviction of the jagdalpur legal aid group which left jagdalpur a few hours ago. Presently, the safety of Soni is the primary concern. The numbers of the local administration are provided below please call/message to build pressure on them to provide proper treatment and protection to her.
SONI SORI UPDATE
Soni is being treated in Jagdalpur. The burnt chemical is very strong. Her eyes are not yet open. Over 150 police and paramilitary forces have cordoned the hospital premises. No one is allowed to see her or go inside. Face is badly swollen.
She will be brought to Raipur in the afternoon by Ambulance. In the evening she would be taken to AIIMS, New Delhi by air. Sanket Thakur the AAP State Convenor is going with her.
Meanwhile the activist groups have decided to register a strong protest at 3 pm in Raipur. Today Modi is in Raipur.
Amit Kataria , Bastar collector, 094 25 580306
RN Dash, SP, Bastar, +91 94 79 194003
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