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Updated: August 4, 2013 00:03 IST

Soni Sori’s husband dies

Suvojit Bagchi
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While the tribal school teacher Soni Sori is languishing in a Chhattisgarh jail, her husband died of neurological issues on Aug. 02, 2013. A file photo shows a protest in New Delhi for her release.
The Hindu While the tribal school teacher Soni Sori is languishing in a Chhattisgarh jail, her husband died of neurological issues on Aug. 02, 2013. A file photo shows a protest in New Delhi for her release.

Anil Futane — the husband of tribal schoolteacher Soni Sori, who was arrested on the charge of aiding Maoists — died on Friday of some undiagnosed neurological condition that paralysed him from waist down. “Wish he was not married at all … perhaps he would have survived longer,” said a friend of Mr. Futane, on condition of anonymity. Mr Futane — who used to put his dilapidated Bolero on rent to run a household of eight — passed away in Gidam town in Dantewada. Mr. Futane was arrested for allegedly planning and executing an attack on local Congress leader Awdesh Gautam, a few months before Ms. Sori was.

“We did not know about his [Futane’s] fault, even long after his arrest, till finally one of our friends in district police explained it to us,” one of Mr. Futane’s relatives said. Mr Futane’s “problem,” his friend felt, was his wife . “If he was not Soni’s husband, perhaps he would not have undergone so much pressure … would have survived longer,” said Mr. Futane’s friend.

Mr. Futane, said lawyer K.K. Dubey, “ was picked up in July 2010 for masterminding an attack about which he had no clue.” Fifteen people were accused in the Awdesh Gautam case, which was a “completely concocted” allegation, Mr Dubey feels.

“Finally, nothing was proved in the court and after being in jail for nearly three years he came out on May 1, 2013,” Mr. Dubey said. The key issues factored into the acquittal of all the accused, including Mr. Futane, was “non availability of witness,” and “weapons of the deceased [killed during the attack on Awdesh Gautam] were not recovered from the accused,” the judge said.

A medium build man, Mr. Futane, never looked very sick, but close to his release from jail, his thigh muscles started giving up and around the time he was released he was paralysed from waist down.

A few months after her husband’s arrest, Ms. Sori was picked up by the police and allegedly tortured in custody. The couples’ three children, two daughters and one son, were sent to live with Ms. Sori’s father in Dantewada. “Thus the family was slowly divided and ruined,” said a social activist in Dantewada.

Mr. Futane’s case, like those of other tribal people, did not receive any attention from media or civil society. “It is sad that his case got no attention from anyone even after he was paralysed,” the superintendent of Jagdalpur jail, Rajendra Gaikwad, once told this correspondent soon after Mr Futane’s release

On Friday, Ms. Sori approached Dantewada District court for a limited period bail to perform her husband’s last rites. But her request was denied by sessions judge Anita Dehriya, who had acquitted Mr. Futane three months back.

Very sad life struggle for Soni Sori and her husband! The working class couple is victim of Indian Repressive State Apparatuses (Louis Althusser) such as police, uniformedlicensedarmed forces and judiciary. Her cry for help, when vultures tortured her sexually, was heard even by the MIT philosopher Noam Chomsky who, in turn, had to sensitise the Indian political class to stop this State brutality on innocent people. Now, her husband died! Having been branded ,already, as an aide of the Peoples Revolutionary Movement, Sori s teaching profession has been snatched away by the State having been denied bail by judiciary , and proper medical attention, her very existence along with her natural rights are at peril ! Some of Indian leaders who praise ceremonially every rape victim as brave should come forward to release this Adivasi teacher (a rape victim in State custody) she should be reinstated in her post with full compensation. And the STATE should halt there!

from:  A.Kannan
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 00:16 IST

I have written a piece on Anil Futane just after he was released in my blog 'Dantewadavani' Police has fulfilled its promise to Soni Sori This is the first act of a frightful play about Indian democracy and the Indian judicial system being staged before our very eyes. The weakhearted are advised to close their eyes, because the following acts are expected to be bloodier and gorier.

from:  Himanshu Kumar
Posted on: Aug 4, 2013 at 07:30 IST

This is how gov.. suppress tribal strikes and human rights of helpless people..

from:  Shefeeq Kattakath
Posted on: Aug 4, 2013 at 05:55 IST

Alienation of the the tribals and Adivasis has made them Maoists. indeed.

from:  Dr.Subbanarasu Divakaran
Posted on: Aug 3, 2013 at 20:04 IST
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