Binayak Sen

Social activist, Person

1950 –


Who is Binayak Sen?

Binayak Sen is an Indian pediatrician, public health specialist and activist. He is the national Vice-President of the People's Union for Civil Liberties. He is the recipient of several awards including the Jonathan Mann Award, the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights, and the Gandhi International Peace Award. He has been convicted for sedition by a local Court in India and his appeal is pending at the High Court. He is a member of the policy group for Police Reforms of Aam Aadmi Party.

Binayak Sen originally started working as a pediatrician extending health care to poor people in the rural-tribal areas of the Chhattisgarh state, doubling up as a human rights activist. While Sen has worked with the state government on health sector reform he has also strongly criticized the government on human rights violations during the anti-Naxalite operations, while advocating non-violent political engagement.

In May 2007, he was detained for allegedly supporting the outlawed Naxalites which would violate the provisions of the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act 2005 and the Unlawful Activities Act 1967. Sen first applied for bail before the Raipur Sessions Court and then the Chhattisgarh High Court in July 2007, soon after his arrest, but was granted bail by the Supreme Court of India on 25 May 2009.

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Jan 4, 1950
Also known as
  • Dr. Binayak Sen
  • Hinduism
  • India
  • Calcutta Boys' School
  • Christian Medical College & Hospital
Lived in
  • Kalyani

on July 23, 2013


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