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09 March, 2010

Sedition charge against woman scientist

Kavita Krishnan ( ) of the All India Progressive Women’s Association writes:

The Karnataka police has charged Dr. Rati Rao, Vice President of All India Progressive Women’s Association and PUCL-Karnataka, who is a senior scientist and activist with many decades of standing in the women's movement, the civil liberties movement, and campaigns against communal violence and caste atrocities, with sedition.

An FIR filed against her implies that in Karnataka, defending secularism, opposing atrocities against Dalits and minorities or fake encounters, and organizing marginalizsed communities for struggle amount to 'sedition.'

If you would like to sign an online petition demanding withdrawal of the charge against Dr. Rati Rao, please go to

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