Is Stan Swamy’s death a turning point for Indian Church? – UCA News

Stanislaus Lourduswamy SJ, 84 — Stan Swamy to friends and foes alike — died in hospital on July 5 of Parkinson’s disease and other comorbities. He had been imprisoned in Taloja jail in Mumbai since October 2020 as a so-called “urban naxal” but in reality incarcerated for his work in Jharkhand with poor tribal people. His death indicts us all. Every government is uneasy with dissent and protests, but autocratic governments fear these most of all. The last few years in India have seen a growing intolerance of dissent from its present regime, and a savage repression of students, activists, intellectuals — in fact, anyone who dares question the government or even poke fun at it. Subscribe to your daily free newsletter from UCA News The UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act), like many of its predecessors — POTA, TADA, etc — is a blanket legislation, vaguely framed and meant to constrain dissenters and protesters by dumping charges of sedition and terrorism upon them, thus keeping them in jail indefinitely and without trial. Stan Swamy, an elderly and softly spoken Jesuit priest, was arrested under UAPA and held for nine months without trial and without bail. He finally succumbed to infections contracted while in prison and died in hospital on July 5.

Is Stan Swamy’s death a turning point for Indian Church? – UCA News

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