Sentenced, Shot But Not Silenced. SAR Geelani Reminiscence
02 November 2019
Dozens of residents took part in a memorial event on Saturday afternoon to commemorate the late Prof. SAR Geelani. SAR Geelani was brave and his activism was unique in that it was very purpose-oriented. He worked with relentless drive, honesty, and pragmatism to advance the cause of rights for all. SAR Geelani was a symbol of the long struggle against political repression in the country.
One of the most amazing things about SAR is that he never stopped doing what he was doing. He never checked himself. The courage and selflessness of SAR whose steadfast criticism against extrajudicial executions and other grave violations of human rights in our country were unparalleled.
After the acquittal by the highest court of the land in a false charge, the right to live, and to live freely and safely under the rule of law, has eluded in the case of SAR Geelani. Arrested under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), Sedition Law, he was tortured in police custody, treated as fair game by hostile fellow-prisoners, pronounced guilty in a media trial that was based on prejudice rather than truth and narrowly escaped from a murder attempt.
He was not only survived the false cases, custodial torture but also fought for thousands of others who are being labeled as ‘terrorists’ and thrown in prisons. Despite having been humiliated, tortured and nearly killed, Geelani held on to his humanity. He was never touched by hatred for the Indian state or for those who cast him as the enemy. But as a man who called out injustice when he saw it, he remained a target for the state and its pawns in the media for as long as he was alive. His fearless commitment to justice and human rights ensured he was always there to aid victims of persecution.
Shattered by custodial abuse, but nevertheless eloquent in his call for justice and his defence of democracy. He was a regular presence at all protest meetings for all the oppressed vulnerable masses including the Adivasis. NCHRO General Secretary, Prof P Koya presided over the obituary meeting. Gopal Menon, N P Chekkuty, Reny Ayline, K P O Rahmathullah, P P Jumail, Majeed Nadvi, and M K Sharafudeen addressed the meeting.