Doctors step up campaign for paediatrician imprisoned for a year without trial

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 22 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1155
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. 1New Delhi

    An international campaign for the release of an Indian paediatrician jailed for more than a year in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh has gained momentum, but doctors in India believe the movement needs to intensify its efforts.

    The state government arrested Binayak Sen on 14 May 2007, applying anti-terrorist laws and accusing him of helping an unlawful organisation and smuggling letters from an imprisoned Maoist leader (BMJ 2007;334:1184, doi:10.1136/bmj.39237.523206.4E).

    Public health professionals and human rights organisations worldwide have issued joint appeals seeking Dr Sen’s release and calling for a speedy, fair trial. Twenty two Nobel laureates wrote to the federal and state governments of India earlier this month, requesting …

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