GN Saibaba, an English professor at the University of Delhi who uses a wheelchair, has remains detained in a Maharashtra jail after being arrested in 2014 on charges of being a member of the outlawed communist party in India and for supposed contact with a Maoist party leader. Saibaba is an outspoken supporter of human rights. Due to his poor health, concern is growing in India over prison conditions; he has written a letter asking for medical help, as his left hand has become paralyzed while in custody. His wife is concerned that he will die prematurely if he remains in jail.
This news story highlights the freedom of association and potential inefficiencies in the Indian criminal justice system, as well as issues facing human rights defenders.