Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Bhai Kulwant Singh dies in prison...

from Sikh Organization of Prisoner Welfare (SOPW)

Kulwant Singh was falsely arrested by the authorities, along with Pal Singh (a French national) on the 22nd July 2010. They were tortured severely, electric shocks were given to the ears and genital area, as well as being beaten with sticks daily rupturing Kulwant Singh’s kidneys and making Pal Singh blind in one eye.

According to Navkiran Singh, representing Kulwant Singh legal proceedings against the officers that carried out the torture were starting soon. Three days ago Kulwant Singh was in his cell in a maximum security jail. Having being doused in oil and set on fire today he passed away. Media reports had stated an accident in kitchen and then contradictory rumours from jail authorities that he had committed suicide but we believe these to be lies.

About Sikh Organisation of Prison Welfare (SOPW)
The Sikh Organisation for Prisoners Welfare is a Registered Charity (UK), run by volunteers, working to achieve justice for the thousands of Sikhs, who have been illegally imprisoned and tortured in India. SOPW was founded in 2008 by Bhai Balbir Singh who was arrested in 1999 by Delhi police who said they had found a consignment of RDX explosives. However due to International support for the UK national, the case was taken to the Supreme Court where the judge threw out the charges, calling them a “balloon of falsehoods” after it emerged the RDX in question had come from a police warehouse. Whilst in Tihar jail Balbir Singh met Prof Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar, who implored him to carry the plight of the Sikh Prisoners to the Sikh Diaspora.

The aim for this charity was that the Sangat gives not only help and support to prisoners, but gives them the two most important things in life, hope and voice. In addition to funding legal cases, SOPW provides monthly support (to approx 100 Sikh Prisoners) consisting of basic needs such as clothes, soap, hair oil etc. In October 2010 UK volunteers travelled to Delhi, India and provided all the Sikh prisoners in Delhi Jails with warm winter clothing. SOPW is the only charity in the world whose mandate is solely to ensure the civil rights of political Sikh prisoners are ensured in India. Its success and progress is down to the support of the Sangat, they rely on the Sangat's support to continue and develop this worthy project.

For more information and to contact SOPW, visit their website:

VIDEO: Bhai Ravjeet Singh from SOPW explains the projects being run by the charity to the Sangat in France.

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