Thursday, June 4, 2009

Dr. Binyak Sen on Twitter

Binayak Sen is a pediatrician, public health specialist and national Vice-President of the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) based in Chhattisgarh state, India. Sen is the winner of the tenth annual Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights,and the first winner from India and South Asia. Sen is noted for extending health care to the poorest people, monitoring the health and nutrition status of the people of Chhattisgarh, and as an activist defending the human rights of tribal and other poor people. In May 2007, he was detained for allegedly violating the provisions of the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act 2005 (CSPSA) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967.His detention has been declared in breach of international law by Amnesty International.His trial commenced on 30 April 2008. On 21 October 2008 he made a public appeal and proposal for peace in South Bastar.The Supreme Court of India on 25 May 2009 granted him bail.

Sen helped to set up the Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha's Shaheed Hospital,which is owned and operated by a workers' organization. Sen and his wife, Ilina Sen, are the founders of Rupantar, a community-based nongovernmental organization that has trained, deployed and monitored the work of community health workers spread throughout 20 villages.Rupantar's activities include initiatives to counter alcohol abuse and violence against women and to promote food security. Sen is an advisor to Jan Swasthya Sahyog, a health care organization committed to developing a low-cost, effective, community health programme in the tribal and rural areas of Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh.He was also a member of the state advisory committee set up to pilot the community based health worker programme across Chhattisgarh, later known as the Mitanin programme. He contributes to a weekly clinic in a tribal community. Doctors across India have started holding free clinics for the poor in tribute to Sen and to peacefully campaign for his release.

Now he is free and back on his job. It feels pity at times to see the state going against its own people who are trying to fix the system. Long live the efforts of Dr. Binayak Sen. I request you all to follow the official Dr Binayak Sen's twitter account to show solidarity towards the cause of a true Indian.

Binyak Sen on Twitter:


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