Dr Binayak Sen: A medical visionary: His life and work for people in Chhattisgarh,& for public health in India. Jan Swasthya Abhiyan Medico Friends Circle. College Day, Bagayam, late 1960s. Academic qualifications. M.B.B.S. and D.C.H. : Christian Medical College, Vellore.
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I. Taught in the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health of Jawaharlal Nehru University for two years.
III. Worked in a workers’ health movement and towards creating a hospital unparalleled in India and possibly the world.
“I met Dr Sen first in August 1984. He was examining a child in the verandah of the Shaheed Hospital when the child passed stools. Binayak went and fetched a mop and cleaned up the mess.
“He told me that he was as qualified as anybody else to handle a mop- so why not?
“I cannot understand how that quiet and polite gentleman can be considered seditious.?”
Prabir Chatterji, CMC post-graduate
IV. Worked with under-served village communities to develop programs to improve their health, education and agriculture.
IV. Worked to strengthen primary and secondary health care in Chhattisgarh
Health Sector Reforms.
in 2 blocks of the state.
Standard Treatment Guidelines for Medical Officers, Chhattisgarh
Initiated to human rights movement when he was a member of P.U.C.L. team investigating police firing of workers of Rajnandgaon B.N.C.Mills in 1984.
National Seminar in October 1976 (during the “National Emergency”) inaugurated by AcharyaKripalani.
“An organization free from political ideologies, so that people belonging to various political parties may come together on one platform for the defence of Civil Liberties and Human Rights.”
Founder: Jaya Prakash Narayan
President: K.G. Kannabiran
6 Vice Presidents
Binayak Sen (Chhattisgarh)
Mathew Manakattu (Kerala)
Prabhakar Sinha (Bihar)
Ravi Kiran Jain (UP)
Yogesh Kamdar (Mumbai)
Sudha Ramalingam (TN and Puduseri)
said Binayak Sen, a PUCL activist in Raipur
(source: PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh. Writing inthe magazine FRONTLINE, Volume 23 - Issue 05 :: Mar. 11 - 24, 2006)
The Paul Harrison Award for outstanding contribution to health care in rural areas.
Dr. Sen could not take these awards in person.
Hundreds of leading citizens, intellectuals, and medical academics.
Thousands of doctors, medical students, common people in chattisgarh,
Protests in tens of Indian cities and across the world……….
Honourable President of India
Honourable Prime Minister of India
President, National Human Rights Commission
Honourable Governor, Chhattisgarh
Subject: Safety and liberty of Dr. Binayak Sen, General Secretary of the Chhattisgarh PUCL and Vice-President of the National PUCL who has been imprisoned.
This letter is to request your good offices on behalf of a very respected and beloved old student of Christian Medical College, Vellore who has been imprisoned this afternoon (May 14, 2007) at Bilaspur for activities in defense of the rights and liberties of tribal people in Chhattisgarh.His name is Binayak Sen. He had a distinguished academic career in Vellore, graduating in Medicine and later acquiring an M.D. in Paediatrics. From 1976 to 1978, he was a faculty member at the Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He left his academic appointment to work in a community based rural health centre in Hoshangabad district of M.P. focusing on problems of tuberculosis….
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Human rights defender detained amid harassment of adivasi indigenous rights activists
Amnesty International is concerned over the apparently arbitrary arrest and detention of Dr. Binayak Sen, a human rights defender at Raipur in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, and the police harassment of two other human rights defenders in the state.
Dr. Sen is the general secretary of the Chhattisgarh unit of the Peopleâ€™s Union for Civil Liberties, one of Indiaâ€™s foremost human rights organizations, and has been instrumental in working on access to health for adivasi communities in the state. On 14 May 2007, he was detained at the Tarbahar Police Station, Bilaspur district, when he was returning from Kolkotta to Raipur. On May 15, he was lodged in Raipur prison. Police officials later sealed his residence and searched his clinic. His organic farm in a nearby village was also searched.
Reports say Dr. Sen has been detained under provisions of the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, 2006 (CSPSA), and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967), which was amended in 2004 to include key aspects of the Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act (POTA), 2002. The POTA was repealed in 2004 following widespread criticism of abuse and human rights violations. The CSPSA and UAPA allow for arbitrary detention of persons suspected of belonging to an unlawful organization or participating in its activities or giving protection to any member of such an organization.
The PUCL has stated that, apart from Dr. Sen, two other PUCL members, Rashmi Dwivedi and Gautam Bandopadhyay, have been facing harassment and threats of arrest from the police. The three have been actively protecting the rights of adivasis (indigenous communities) in the face of escalating violence in Chattisgarh between armed Maoists and Salwa Judum, an armed anti-Maoist campaign widely regarded as sponsored by the state government. They have been instrumental in bringing to light unlawful killings of advisis , sexual assault of adivasi women and disappearances of adivasi youth. The latest instance was the unlawful killing of seven adivisis in Santoshpur village in Bastar-Dantewada area on 31 March. While the state police had earlier claimed that those killed were Maoists, the state government recently ordered an inquiry into the killings after which the bodies have been exhumed last week.
The PUCL has stated that police allege that Dr. Sen had passed letters from Narayan Sanyal, a detained leader of the banned CPI (Maoist) who he had met in the Raipur jail last month, to Piyush Guha an alleged member of CPI (Maoist) under detention since 1 May. Dr. Sen, at the time of his arrest, told the media that this charge had no basis since the prison authorities were present during for all the meeting with Narayan Sanyal.
Amnesty International urges the Government of Chhattisgarh to immediately release Dr. Sen unless he is charged with a recognizable criminal offence and take urgent steps to end the harassment of the other human rights defenders in the state.
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Dr. Sen was granted bail by a vacation bench of the Supreme Court on May 20 , 2009.
When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist.
- Dom Helder Pessoa Camara, former Roman Catholic archbishop of Olinda and Recife, Brazil
First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me, and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.
- Pastor Martin Niemoller, 1892-1984
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