CAMPAIGN FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN CHHATTISGARH
12th October 2007
- PIL asks for an end to government support for Salwa Judum SC issues Notice, asks Chhattisgarh Govt. to respond in 4 weeks
Responding to a writ petition filed by Kartam Joga, Dudhi Joga and Manish Kunjam (WP Criminal 119 of 2007), asking for an end to government support for Salwa Judum and an enquiry into all acts of violence, the Supreme Court on Friday, October 12th issued notice to the Government of Chhattisgarh and the Union of India. Taking note of the urgency of the matter, they gave the respondents four weeks time to reply. The matter was argued by senior counsel Mr. Ashok Desai and heard by the Chief Justice and Justice Raveendran.
The petitioners are all current or former elected representatives in Dantewada district. They have been directly affected by Salwa Judum. The PIL provides a list of 537 persons who have been killed by the Salwa Judum and security forces from June 2005 till the present, including 33 children, 45 women, 416 men and 43 unnamed persons. This is a small fraction of the likely killings, most of which have gone unreported. At least 2825 houses have been burnt in the undivided district of South Bastar (Dantewada). At least 99 women have been raped. The petition includes statements from the residents of over a hundred villages detailing incidents of killing, rape, arson and loss of property at the hands of the Salwa Judum.
This is the second PIL before the Supreme Court seeking an end to Salwa Judum. The two petitions will be taken up together at the next hearing.