December 25th, 2010
12:53 PM ET

Human rights group slams life sentence for Indian doctor

A life sentence handed down to a rural pediatrician in the world's largest democracy had human rights activists screaming a mockery of justice Saturday.

A court in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh found Dr. Binayak Sen and two others guilty of sedition and conspiracy Friday for helping India's Maoist Naxalite movement. They were sentenced to life in jail.

Amnesty International blasted the court's actions as a violation of international fair trial standards and said Binayak's sentence was likely to enflame tensions in an area already clouded by conflict.

Amnesty said the charges were politically motivated because Sen reported the unlawful killings of tribal people by police and a private militia believed to be sponsored by the government to fight Maoist rebels.

"Life in prison is an unusually harsh sentence for anyone, much less for an internationally recognized human rights defender who has never been charged with any act of violence," said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific director.

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  1. indian sun

    import these maoist murderers and let them kill

    December 26, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |

    i dont think jim is dr.bad he spells to good and doesnt use all caps.

    December 26, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DrJKH

    If he is a Maoist, he's hardly a defender of human rights. Not surprising that Amnesty is upset, though, since they are one of the largest Maoist groups in the world. Amnesty needs to just shut up and go away, since many of their main policies are ANTI human rights.

    December 26, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Abhay Mani Diwaker

    He got what he deserves. He is a great human being, but the way he used his popularity is a crime in India. Being involved in an act which is against the interest of the great land of India, he is being punished on the charge of sedition. Indian justice system rocks, undoubtedly the best in the world.

    December 27, 2010 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. ***dude***

    I don't like pronouns.

    December 27, 2010 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. Big Joe

    @dude: You are a pronoun at times. "He doesn't like pronouns." He=dude

    December 27, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bambam

    I think dr bad got locked up for some of the sh** he was saying on here

    December 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bambam

    Even I wanted to feed him to the sharks

    December 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Big Joe

    Able Captain Dr Good

    December 27, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Big Joe

    What's the matter censor, can't take it,huh?

    December 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. visiontunnel

    No doctor is allowed to operate with in Maoist area of influence, with out agreeing to their ideology, existence of close nexus, cooperation and interdependent.
    A person, apart from what he is and does, is further known for what kind of friends he loves to keeps. While work of Dr. Binayak Sen as a devoted doctor serving poor tribal in a difficult and inhospitable environment is impressive, but his close association with committed Maoists busy waging a bloody war with Indian government does add certain elements of valid concerns. The highly secretive Maoists ideologues are not known to socialize with all and sundry, being so concerned and eager to lift poor out of their miseries as soon as possible. Working with Swiss clock like precision, they abhor wasting precious time, energies with people who don't agree with their agenda or have no ability and will to help them in attaining their lofty objectives.
    Maoists have not evicted corruption, but they have used it effectively to fund their activities and create support system.
    There is a similar nexus with politicians, jungle smugglers, traders and even part of despised bureaucracy and lower ranking policemen.
    They have become collaborators and guards of thieves of Forrest produce and illegal mining.
    For example, in many areas all of the coal one can see being transported by big and small vehicles, bicycles and even personally in small bags, is mined illegally from supposed;y closed mines.
    Hundreds of people die in mines collapse and no newspaper and TV channel covers it, fearing swift brutal reappraisals.
    Further, by blowing up schools, medical centers, communication towers and other infrastructure an isolation is forced.

    January 13, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
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