Binayak Sen`s wife may seek political asylum
Jailed rights activist Binayak Sen`s wife on Monday said it appeared that the only recourse left to her is to seek political asylum in some "liberal" democratic country as she felt that her family is not safe in her own country.
New Delhi: Jailed rights activist Binayak
Sen`s wife on Monday said it appeared that the only recourse left
to her is to seek political asylum in some "liberal"
democratic country as she felt that her family is not safe in
her own country.
Addressing a press meet here, academician Ilina Sen
alleged that the judgement convicting her husband on charges
of sedition appeared to be to stem dissent in the bud.
"After the verdict, they are targeting me. I am concerned
about my two daughters aged 25 years and 20 years. I am really
worried about them.
"If the state government does not allow Sen to be freed,
I will only get his dead body as life imprisonment means that
he will be in jail till his end of life. I need to stay out. I
would like to live my life fully... We have gone through
colossal agony," Ilina said.
Sen, Naxal ideologue Narayan Sanyal and Kolkata
businessman Piyush Guha were sentenced to life imprisonment in
December by a court in Raipur for sedition and colluding with
Maoists to establish a network to fight the State.
58-year-old Sen, a paediatrician by training and
vice-president of People`s Union of Civil Liberties, had been
accused of acting as courier for Sanyal, who was in jail, by
carrying his messages and letters to the underground Maoists.
"Entirely the whole thing is manufactured somewhere else.
I may be guilty of contempt of court. Please take me in. Only
recourse that seems to be available is to walk into some
embassy of liberal democracy and ask for political asylum. I
am not safe in this country," an emotional Ilina said.
Noting that the judgement has come as a "complete shock",
she claimed "during trial many people asked us to approach
court seeking transfer of trial from the state. We believed
that a fair trial was possible. The faith has been shattered."
Countering allegations raised by prosecution that she was
an ISI agent, she said, "I have friends with Muslim names
(like) Ali Asghar, Saifullah Choudhury. I and Binayak have
friends who have Muslim names and I am proud of that. But
somehow it seems that it is illegal to have friends with
Muslim names in this country."
Ilina said the court did not take into account several
points raised by the defence, including the testimony of
jailors who said that the meetings Sen had with Sanyal were
supervised. She also claimed that the prosecution could not
establish that Sen and Guha had met.