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Dorset Humanists News Flash - Indian Humanist on Hunger Strike

I am very pleased that David Pollock, President of the European Humanist Federation, has responded so quickly.  Please click on the link to see his letter.

--- On Wed, 12/23/09, David Pollock  wrote:

 Subject: RE: Indian Humanist on Hunger Strike – Appeal for Help
To: "'David Warden'"
Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 12:03 PM

- David

From: David Warden
Sent: 22 December 2009 13:56
Subject: Indian Humanist on Hunger Strike – Appeal for Help

Dear friends
Indian Humanist on Hunger Strike – Appeal for Help
I am writing to you with an urgent appeal for help.  For some years Dorset Humanists UK has been friends with the International School of Humanitarian Thoughts and Practice, also known as Kids’ Kingdom.  This secular humanist institute, which is a member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union,  is dedicated to the education and rehabilitation of street children, orphans, dalits and destitute women.  The institute is based in Kurukshetra, a Hindu pilgrim town, in northern India.  The institute premises are next door to a Brahmin community and it has suffered many years of intimidation, hostility and physical violence against premises and persons.
Over the past year, a lot of progress has been made with the construction of a school and orphanage and around 90 children are now receiving some elementary education with an emphasis on secular humanist values.  Unfortunately, this has provoked an escalation in hostilities against the institute.
The director of the institution, Swami Manavatavadi, has received death threats over the years and on several occasions has had to go into exile in fear of his life.  In desperation at the latest situation, he has now gone on hunger strike outside the premises of the Deputy Commissioner in Kurukshetra. He is already 6 days into the hunger strike and he is not taking any food or liquids.
Dorset Humanists will be sending letters and faxes to the Governor of Haryana in order to demonstrate the solidarity of the international Humanist community and we call upon you to take similar action if you can.
What you can do:
1.      Copy the body of the attached letter and paste into your own letterhead format with any suitable amendments you may wish to make.  
2.      Fax it to 00 91 172 2740 557.  If you haven’t got a fax machine, please try to find a friend who has.
3.      Send a hard copy by registered international mail.

Thank you for your help and support.  Please treat this as extremely urgent – literally a matter of life and death.
I will send updates when I can and please let me know what action you have taken.
David Warden
Chair, Dorset Humanists UK

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