“Stand with Fr. Stan” and “United with Stan, United we Stand” the shouts of these slogans echoed Chandapura campus on the National day of Solidarity, Oct. 12, 2020, for the quick release of Father Stan Swamy, SJ.
Father Stan is a Jesuit Priest who defended the rights of Adivasi a collective term for tribes who are considered indigenous to places within India wherein they live, either as foragers or as tribalistic sedentary communities. They were being exploited in their homeland Jharkhand when the rights activist, one of the “gentlest and kindest of men” stood up for them.
Father Swamy has been falsely accused of having links to a Maoist plot connected to the Bhima Koregaon case and was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on the night of Oct. 8, 2020. The NIA has taken him into custody from Ranchi to Mumbai.
A small protest rally was initiated under the leadership of Sister Ann Moyalan in Chandapura, the Sisters and formees marched around the campus maintaining social distance with placards and posters contributing their might in order to voice against this heartless and inhumane act of the government. Pleading the Lord to grant justice to Father Stan and many such activists who are tortured for voicing out the truth, the Sisters spent time in prayer and adoration in solidarity with the suffering. Taking a stand as a local community to be united with Father Stan and they hope that he will be released soon in a safe and healthy manner.