Globalisation has caused a major invasion of the natural resources by corporations. The drainage of resources from this country therefore has become several times more than during British rule. At the same time farmers, dalits, adivasis and fisher folk whose lives have been threatened by globalisation have initiated numerous people’s movements against displacement and environmental destruction and for their right to survival. The Indian State has either chosen to ignore them, suppress them or fabricate false charges against its leaders and activists. The anti-POSCO movement in Odisha for example, has faced all these three strategies. Around 800 fabricated false cases have been foistedon 200 activists who dared to raise their voices against the blatant violation of human rights committed by the South Korean Company, POSCO. The leader of the movement, Abhay Sahoo, was charged with 50 fabricated false cases and has spent months in jail. However, consistent campaigns have forced the authorities to releasehim on bail. Dr. Binayak Sen, who was in jail with similar fabricated false charges was also released some time back from Chhattisgarh, a state infamous for the loot ofnatural resources by the corporations. Even the Nobel Prize winners from different parts of the world joined the campaign for the release of Dr. Sen.
The list of fabricated false cases againstactivists around the country are endless. In the state of Kerala, reputed nationally for the political awareness of its people, activists from many movements are facing fabricated false charges. The dalit organization DHRM, Adivasi Gothra Mahasabha led by adivasi leader C.K. Janu, people’s movement in Kathikkudam and many other movements are facing this problem.
The other series of fabricated false charges have been foisted on the self-determination movements in India. Irom Sharmila in Manipur, where people are struggling for the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA), has been booked for ‘attempt to suicide’ for going on hunger strike, continuously now for the 12th year. While she is forcefully fed through the nose by the administration, around 500 people are killed in Manipur every year, branded as insurgents. The situation in Nagaland, other states of north eastern India as well as in Kashmir, where AFSPA provides absolute powers to the Indian Army , is also similar.
Yet another section of the Indian population who are victims offalse cases happen to be the religious minorities. In Kandhamal, dalit and adivasi Christians faced fabricated charges, while their churches were destroyed by the Sangh Parivar and their people looted, raped and murdered. In Gujarat, where a more organized communal onslaught took place on the Muslims, it is unfortunate that even today many innocent Muslims languish in jail with false charges. One of the worst cases of fabricated and false charges however is that of Abdul Naser Maudany, a Muslim spiritual leader from Kerala. Maudany tried to bring together Muslims, dalits and other oppressed sections under one banner, but he was imprisoned for nine and half years under a series of false charges related to the 1998 Coimbatore blast. However, after nine and a half years, he was declared innocent by the judge. What is not clear to human rights activists in this country is why should a person spend nine and a half years in jail in order to be declared innocent? Why were those who were responsible for such human rights violation of Abdul Naser Maudany not arrested? Instead, he was put in jail again with another series of fabricated false charges, this time involving another set of bomb blasts in Bangalore.
The list of human rights violations against those put away in jail under fabricated charges are many. During the last few years, human rights activists have become active on this issue since they feel that if this process continues, the very basis of our democracy itself will become meaningless. Hence, many organizations and concerned individuals have come together for open discussion on this grave issue so that information can be shared and actions for justice can follow. While the mainstream press often tends to report the versions of the administration only, the voices of the victims and survivors of this issue are rarely heard. At the same time, when journalists investigate and bring out the truth about such cases of fabrication, as in the case of senior journalist K. K. Shahina, they are victimized by the State.
The purpose of the www.fabricated.in group therefore, is to share information on such issues where human rights are violated and connect these issues to larger forums. We do hope that those who share information and participate in discussions of this site will strengthen this effort to secure justice for hundreds of victims of fabricated charges around the country.