On the International Women’s days let’s remember human rights activists Sudha Bharadwaj and Shoma Sen who along with 7 others have been behind bars since June-August 2018 in the fake Bhima Koregaon conspiracy case. Let’s strengthen the campaign for their release and demand prosecution of Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide who attacked dalit bahujans at Bhima Koregaon on 1st January 2018.
Who is Sudha Bharadwaj?
Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj is a 2019 honoree of the Harvard Law International Women’s day exhibition and is sitting in a jail cell in Pune. How did these conflicting positions come about?
Sudha spent the first part of her life as an American citizen. In the next 30 years of her life, she worked tirelessly in Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha (CMM) as a trade unionist and eventually as a lawyer after the CMM, hamstrung in their legal battles by unscrupulous lawyers, found in her the courage and integrity needed to challenge powerful opponents in the courtrooms.
Who is Shoma Sen?
A reputed academician, a Dalit and Women’s Rights activist, a teacher and dissenter, Shoma Sen is all of the above and more. Born and raised in Mumbai, she moved to Nagpur with her partner and daughter with a strong resolve to protect and promote democratic rights of the most marginalised people in the society.