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Public Appeal Meeting with family members of #BhimaKoregaon 16, and legal and human rights experts. Organised by InSAFIndia

June 2021 India accounts for almost a third of deaths from Covid-19 worldwide. The spread of the pandemic in India’s prisons remains a cause for grave concern, with the incarcerated becoming particularly exposed to infection, and developing other serious health issues owing to prison over-crowding, absence of appropriate medical care, and deplorable hygiene conditions. The temporary administrative order to release prisoners due to the pandemic or place them under house arrest is shockingly not applicable to political prisoners in India. By turning a blind eye to the compounded risks the pandemic adds to an already cruel prison system, the government is in violation of its constitutional duty to safeguard the life of these citizens.

This event brings together testimonies from family members of the BK-16 and human rights and legal experts to raise international public awareness on how the courts and prisons have become complicit in denying not only those in prison but also their family members their basic rights protected by India’s constitution. This is a concerted public appeal to India’s courts for the appropriate implementation of the temporary administrative order. When the prison is unable to provide for the health and safety of the prisoners, the family has a right to offer such care as they deem necessary. The prisoners have a constitutional right to live and die in dignity.


Shahrukh Alam, Lawyer, Supreme Court of India

Sagar Abraham-Gonsalves, Son of Vernon Gonsalves

Koel Sen, Filmmaker and artist, daughter of Shoma Sen

Jenny Rowena, Lecturer, Delhi University, wife of Hany Babu

Aakar Patel, Director, Amnesty International India

Columnist Father Joseph Xavier, Associate of Stan Swamy, Bangalore

Co-sponsor India Civil Watch International (

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