March 19, 2011–The first Free Binayak Sen Medical Camp has been held in Jharkhand at the Tilaitand village of Jaduguda of East Singhbhum district. The camp has been organised by Jharkhand Navanirman Abhiyan in association with Free Binayak Sen Campaign–Doctors in Solidarity. About 100 patients of the tribal and backward castes were examined and dispensed free medicines. Lady health workers of Jharkhandis’ Organisation Against Radioactivity, who were trained at Chengail clinic of Shramajibi Swasthya Udyog, assisted the doctor to run the camp.
February 20: Free Binayak Sen Campaign-Doctors in Solidarity organised a medical camp today at Gardener Lane of the Taltola slum area of the Central Kolkata. Progressive Youth League organised this camp in this predominantly minority community dominated area. Dr. Soumyakanti Bag and Dr. Arkajyoti Mukherjee of Shramajibi Swasthya Udyog examined 96 patients in this camp.
In the days prior to this camp and also during the camp, PYL campaigned in support of the demand of unconditioanl realease of Dr. Binayak Sen.
On behalf of Free Binayak Sen Campaign–Doctors in Solidarity, doctors from Kolkata Port Trust Hospital, Belur Sramajibi Hospital and Sundarban Sramajibi Hospital organised a Free Binayak Sen Specialist Medical Camp today at Sundarban Sramajibi Hospital at Sarberia, North 24 Parganas.
Dr. Debarjun Chatterjee (dentist), Dr. Kishalay Ghosh (dermatologist), Dr. Ashis Chakraborty (cardiologist), Dr. Malay Das (general medicine specialist), Dr. Amita Dasgupta (paediatrician), Dr. Rakesh Bhattacharya (general physician) and Dr. Siddhartha Gupta (pathologist-biochemist) participated in this camp. 231 patients were seen.
The purpose of this camp was to gather support to the demand of unconditional release of Dr. Binayak Sen.
Free Binayak Sen Campaign–Doctors in Solidarity organised two Free Binayak Sen Medical Camps on 6 February.
Kumartuli, Kolkata– Dr. Sumitran Basu, Dr. Dipanjan Roy and Dr. Malay Bar examined 80 patients in this area which houses the makers of earthenwares.Members of North Kolkata APDR helped to organise this camp.
Kamarhati, North 24 Parganas–Dr. Bhaskar Rao Janaswasthya Committee organised the camp here. 59 patients were served. Dr. Ratul Banerji and Dr. Sabyasachi Pandey, optometrists Bapi Singh and Pradip Hazra participated in this camp.
Besides treating patients, the life and work of Dr. Sen were explained in these camps.
Behala Sodepur, South 24 Parganas–Shramajibi Swasthya Udyog on behalf of Free Binayak Sen Campaign–Doctors in Solidarity and Progressive Youth League organised a Free Binyak Sen Medical Camp today. Dr. Sujay Bala, Dr. Ratul Banerjee, health workers Anup Mandal and Santimoy Satpati attended 73 patients and distributed medicines.
Madhyamgram, North 24 Parganas– Peoples’ Health on behalf of Free Binayak Sen Campaign–Doctors in Solidarity organised another Free Binayak Sen Medical Camp. 12 eminent doctors of Madyamgram examined the health status of 138 patients. There were arrangements for pathological tests and ECG.
January 22 – Over 60 doctors and medical students took part in a unique blood donation camp in Kolkata today calling for the release of Dr Binayak Sen. The camp was organized by the Medical College Democratic Students’ Association on behalf of the Free Binayak Sen Campaign and Doctors in Solidarity with Binayak Sen.
The blood donation camp was followed by a convention at the Calcutta Medical College where among others Mrs Anusuya Sen, mother of Dr Binayak Sen, also participated. Speakers at the convention criticized the persecution of Dr Sen and called for his unconditional release.
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Dr. Binayak Sen has been true to the spirit and vision of his alma mater and has carried his dedication to truth and service to the very frontline of the battle. He has broken the mould, redefined the possible role of the doctor in a broken and unjust society, holding the cause much more precious than personal safety. CMC is proud to be associated with Binayak and Ilina Sen.
–The Citation in 2004 when his alma mater, Christian Medical College, Vellore, gave him the prestigious Paul Harrison award for his work
May 14, 2008 will mark one year since Dr Binayak Sen is in custody on the flimsy ground of giving medical aid to an ailing prisoner. He is a medical doctor who has been working among the poor for the last 30 years. He is also a well-known health activist who has been actively involved in taking health services to remote adivasi communities. He received the prestigious Paul Harrison Award (2004) for ‘a lifetime of service to the rural poor’ and the Keithel medal of the Indian Academy of Social Sciences (2007) for his ‘outstanding contribution to the science of nature-man-society. More recently, he has been awarded the prestigious international Jonathan Mann Award. In an age where the medical profession is becoming increasingly commercialized, Dr Binayak stands out as a beacon upholding the right of the poor and the dispossessed to free and adequate health care.
Dr Sen was arrested on May 14th 2007 under the Chhatisgarh Special Public Security Act, 2005, which holds any association with banned organizations is a crime. Dr Sen has been accused of association with the banned CPI (Maoist) in the state because he provided urgent medical help to an ailing, jailed leader of the CPI (Maoist) Narayan Sanyal, officially with the permission of the jail administration in Raipur.The police also allege that Dr Sen had been the conduit for exchange of letters between Maoist leaders. The police also claim that after ‘encounter’ killings of Maoists activists by them, they have recovered some papers in which Dr Sen’s name has been mentioned.
The government has also supported the extra legal militia called Salwa Judum to crush people’s struggles and organizations. Since 2005, when Salwa Judum began, at least 60,000 adivasis have been evicted from their homes and forcibly shunted into police camps, their villages have been burnt and women have been raped. The PUCL, Chhatisgarh, and Dr Binayak Sen have been in the forefront of opposition to Operation Salwa Judum and have consistently exposed the role of the Chhatisgarh government in this operation.
We would like to continue the zeal and spirit of Dr`Sen to help providing health services to the vulnerable groups, and will be holding a medical camp to mark one year of his incarceration and to press for his immediate release.
We appeal to doctors and health care workers and concerned citizens to volunteer their services at this medical camp. We also welcome donations for purchase of medicines to be disbursed at this camp.
Venue : Mobile Creche Centre at the Construction site of Kalpataru Aura
(where over 600 workers are building 15 buildings of 15 storeys each)
across the road from the Dargah near Shreyas Talkies,
L B S Marg,
Date : Sunday, May 11th, 2008
Timings : 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
– Committee for the Release of Dr Binayak Sen
The Hindu -26th April 2008
Bangalore, Staff reporter
Instead of sloganeering and rhetoric, groups of doctors across the country hit upon the idea of organising free medical camps to express their opposition against the imprisonment of human rights activist Binayak Sen.
To highlight what they termed an unfair arrest, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), such as People’s health movement and Medico Friends Circle organised one such camp at LR Nagar in Koramangala here on Friday.
Dr. Sen, vice-president of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), was arrested at Bilaspur in Chattisgarh in May 2007, on the charge of being linked to naxalites. Dr. Sen is known for his work among the poor. He is credited with setting up a unique 400 bed hospital run by a workers cooperative in a backward area of Chattisgarh.
Two of the six doctors at the camp, N. Devadasan and his wife Rupa, both public health specialists, were associates of Dr Sen. Dr Devadasan is a fellow alumni from CMC, Vellore.
“We were shocked when we heard of his arrest because he is a very gentle person and one who does not believe in violence. Associating him with naxalites seems illogical,” said Dr Devadasan. “To a person such as Dr Sen, it will not matter if his patient is a naxalite or a capitalist, because it would be his primary duty as a doctor to save anyone he can, ” he said.
“He is always humble, always simple. Never a very vocal person, Dr Sen was always action-oriented,” said SJ Chander, a social scientist and member of the People’s Health Movement.
The camp was inaugurated by Hassan Mansoor, State convenor for the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, and popular comedian Sriram, both of whom sought prevention of abuse of human rights in all forms.
Referring to people arriving for the camp, activist P. Robert said, “This stream will keep up the whole day. Consultation and medication will be provided for as long as possible. Such aid is also provided in many Free Binayak Clinics that have been set up throughout the country.”
Renukamma, a resident said, “Going to normal clinics cost us at least Rs 200 in consultation and medication charges. So the free camp means a lot to us.”
This camp will be held next month at the same venue. Local people have offered to contribute to such camps.