ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Fast in Jails

Even as the world outside wonders whether journalist Seema Azad and her husband Vishwavijay deserved the life sentence awarded to them by a ­sessions court at Allahabad, there was a day-long fast on 16 June in prisons of two states in the country in protest.

Seema Azad, editor of the currently suspended Hindi political magazine Dastak, was arrested in February 2010 on returning to her home town from the World Book Fair in Delhi with a load of books of her choice. Her choice, according to the UP police, itself was proof that she was a member and active supporter of the ­Communist Party of India (Maoist) – CPI (Maoist) – and was waging war and conspiring against the state.

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