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. Daniel

    Even in the world's largest "democracy",right-wing thugs seem to have a grip on the justice system. No true democracy incarcerates people for political purposes. The cancer of Fascism is becoming increasingly self evident both here and abroad.

    December 25, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      No we already had 8 years of fascism under bush. be patient it will take time for Obama to reverse this.

      December 26, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Aaron


      I can smell the stich of ignorance pooring from your comment. Fascism? Do you even know the meaning of the word? Obama? Seriously? I would suggest you educate yourself with the facts not what your Facebook buddies are telling you to think. It's people like you that are making this great country go down the crapper.

      December 26, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    Isn't this what some backward countries like China does to spite democracy?

    December 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sidewinder

    yes indeed.

    December 25, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. joe

    Aren't these actions brought on by murderous actions from those left wing terrorist?

    December 25, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mystie k

    People in lndia are gross.

    December 26, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. mystie k

    not all just gross ones I mean

    December 26, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
    • liamsdad01007

      You are an idoit.

      December 26, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy


    December 26, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jim Brieske

    We need to be fuking concerned about our own country!! I could give a fuk about these two foreigners.
    You low I.Q.d elected dumb a/sses in supposed power are going to get put in Hell by God. You are allowing sc>m/bags to committ horrific murders so you can get union votes from more Prison gaurds.
    Start taking these murdering fukers and feeding them to sharks live on television right after they receive the death sentence. YOU FUKING COWARDS!
    What do you think I am just pulling this from my a/ss? It's what God wants done beginning immediately!! Women and girls are being butchered by these animals and you people are to blame because you are not punishing immediately and are not using a more ruthless way to kill them than they used to murder their victim(s).
    We win wars because we are more ruthless than the enemy. The same applies here. These animals will quit murdering once the creative death penalities are carried out immediately, live on television.
    After the the first two, this country will be murderless.

    December 26, 2010 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Can we cut out the Tea Party lingo? It has no place here. Let's just leave that for the Tea Partiers,please.

      December 26, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • liamsdad01007

      What are you talking about? You sound insane.

      December 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      And you obviously never heard of the Tea Party Movement. Incredible!!!

      December 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy


    December 26, 2010 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. hands r tied

    Uh huh...

    December 26, 2010 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy


    December 26, 2010 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. ***dude***

    Jim: we alreadY know your nuts, ya don't need to prove it everyday. Here's a quarter; climb back under your rock. Oh yeah, Merry Christmas.

    December 26, 2010 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Thank you,dude. We don't need any more of these hateful,foul-speaking,anyi-intellectual,right-wing Tea Partiers spewing hateful messages in here!

      December 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Big Joe

    @dude/banasy: Jim would make a good warden. The prison population would dwindle and we wouldn't have to worry about parole boards letting out molesters, rapists, and axe murderers.

    December 26, 2010 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Yaka

    I think that Jim is really Dr. Bad, just using a new pen name.

    December 26, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. Yaka

    Jim is Dr. Bad, just using a different pen name.

    December 26, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
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