A doctor to defend

By Minnie Vaid, edited by Rajpal and Sons, 5.5 euros

A chilling story of justice denied…

Binayak Sen graduated from one of India’s elite institutions, the Christian Medical College, Vellore, and chose to practice medicine amongst the tribals of Chattisgarh. Years of dedicated work led him to believe that sustainable health care cannot be achieved in the absence of human rights, and when the controversial Salwa Judum, the vigilante force perceived by some as State- backed terror, was created to counter the Naxal movement, Binayak was amongst the first to voice his concern. Binayak Sen’s outspokenness led to his arrest on May 14, 2007 on the alleged charges of being a “fake” doctor and supporting the Naxalite movement. He was denied bail on the grounds that he was a threat to state security and was even subject to a spell of solitary confinement. On December 24, 2010 Binayak Sen was held guilty of sedition and sentenced to life imprisonment by the District Sessions Court in Raipur.

A Doctor to Defend opens a window on one of the most controversial and hotly debated cases of decade.

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