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Call The Pathologist

The torture of Soni Sori is worse than what the Raj ever inflicted

Call The Pathologist
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Call The Pathologist
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Pebbles were shoved up her private parts. Forgive me for beginning this piece with this new gruesome fact about Soni Sori’s ongoing custodial ordeal in the dark and immoral jungles of Dantewada, but did we ever hear of the colonial British doing this to their political prisoners in India or to people who protested against their policies and defied their regime, even violently, like Bhagat Singh and many other revolutionaries? The British did indeed execute them. The colonial police did also excel in third-degree methods. True, there is a lot of literature about political repression by the British Raj in India. But I do not recall instances of the kind of brutality Soni has been subjected to by the Chhattisgarh police.

The brutality unleashed on Soni isn’t just an allegation hurled by supposedly alarmist human rights wallahs said to be acting as fronts for various extremists. It was reported by doctors of a government hospital in Calcutta, examining her under the Supreme Court’s orders for signs of torture. They have...

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