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Varavara Rao released on bail as report finds that evidence against Bhima Koregaon 16 was faked

In Modi’s India, defenders of social justice can be imprisoned for years without trial

Varavara Rao released on bail as report finds that evidence against Bhima Koregaon 16 was faked

In Modi’s India, defenders of social justice can be imprisoned for years without trial

Varavara Rao released on bail as report finds that evidence against Bhima Koregaon 16 was faked

In Modi’s India, defenders of social justice can be imprisoned for years without trial

Varavara Rao released on bail as report finds that evidence against Bhima Koregaon 16 was faked

In Modi’s India, defenders of social justice can be imprisoned for years without trial

Varavara Rao, poet and activist, has finally been granted bail.

81-year-old Rao has been in prison since 2018, without trial, on the charge of sedition. He has denied all the allegations against him, and over the past two years his health has seriously weakened as a result of the harsh jail conditions.

On 22nd February the Mumbai High Court granted bail on the condition that Mr Rao remain in Mumbai, preventing him from returning to his own home in Hyderbad to be with his wife. Yet this is certainly an improvement on his prison cell, where medical facilities have been shockingly inadequate.

In July last year Rao contracted Covid-19 and was only moved to a hospital just in time to save his life. He has been confined to bed for months, and there is a strong possibility that he will not live long enough for a trial.

His release is to be celebrated, but it comes far too late. And, with other activists still in prison awaiting trial, it is not enough.

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