Koodankulam: Jailed Idinthakarai Woman Dies for want of timely treatment

Nityanand Jayaraman

Roselin

63-year old J. Roslin, a mother of three from Idinthakarai, was among the 7 women randomly picked up from the Idinthakarai beach on the police crackdown of 10 September 2012. She was jailed in Trichy Women’s prison along with Xavier Ammal, Sundari and Selvi. Even at the time of arrest, she had complained that she was extremely unwell and had been suffering frequent bouts of vomitting, and needed medical attention and diagnosis. These facts were even registered in her records prior to her detention in Trichy prison. She was not given adequate treatment in the prison hospital, and her requests for medical attention went unheeded. When bail was granted for the case she was arrested under, the police filed two more cases and prolonged her stay in prison. She was finally released from prison on 30 October, 2012, on condition that she signs her presence at a police station in Madurai. As her condition worsened, it became impossible for her to visit the police station, and she was hospitalised in the Madurai General Hospital. About 10 days ago, she was moved to Idinthakarai where she died early this morning. Mugilan, who informed me about Roslin Amma’s demise said she had a cancer-like ailment, which had already manifested itself before the 10 September protests.

Roslin is a victim of neglect, and the vengeance of a state that views the very holding of a contrary opinion on nuclear power as a crime warranting imprisonment under harsh sections. 63-year old Roslin was accused and jailed under the following sections, including of “Waging War against the Government of India.”

1. Crl OP 15368, Crime No. 70/2012. Offence date: 16.2.2012
Charges: 121 — Waging War. 142, 163,152(a), 241, 242, 500, 508

2. Crl OP 15385, Crime No. 300/2012. Date of Offence: 11.6.2012
Charges: 124A — Sedition. 142, 168, 291

3. Crl OP 15389/2012, Crime No. 349/2012.. Date of Offence: 10.9.2012
147, 145, 163 r/w 144, 222, 252, 255, 294(b), 207, 427 r/w 149

 

 

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  • Is our 60 years old largest democracy in the world beholden to the global nuclear industry? What is more important to Delhi – nuclear power or health of its citizens and environment?

    Was Roslin Amma waging war, committing sedition or was she suffering from a medical condition called cancer – probably caused by the careless handling of the fuel bundles?

    Is there any doubt in Delhi about where will returning potential Gandhi of the 21st century stand on the issue? With the fishermen with more fish sense than the landlocked Delhi can ever muster!