26 July, 2021

Framed, Nailed, Hanged

The state's in denial; everyone else knows the truth about Binayak Sen

Framed, Nailed, Hanged
outlookindia.com
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"Dr Binayak Sen is certainly a doctor but a big zero in terms of actual practice of medicine."
—Official chargesheet



The greatest price for Dr Binayak Sen's incarceration on the trumped-up charge of being a Naxalite collaborator is being paid by people who this chargesheet says do not exist at all—his patients. "In the search of his house, no material related to a doctor's clinic was found, there were no medicines," says the almost childishly crude chargesheet. But it's all there, a two-hour drive from the state capital, Raipur, in a village called Bhagram Nala. The clinic, the medicines, the testing equipment, the trained health workers, the medical records of patients who flocked here from a staggering 248 villages. And a community health programme that transformed the lives of its beneficiaries—protecting them, for example, against falciparum malaria, one of the deadliest diseases in this region—but is now tragically running itself into the ground because the doctor who gave...

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