A court is yet to order in his favor but jail authorities have changed their minds and agreed to his request
A screengrab from a video where Father Stan Swamy explained why police wanted him in a conspiracy case.
Thanks to a sustained social media campaign, an elderly Indian Jesuit priest under detention for the past two months can now use a sipper mug for drinking water without being affected by his Parkinson's disease.Father Stan Swamy, 84, has been pleading with courts to provide him with a straw or sipper ever since he was detained on Oct. 9 in Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra state in western India. A court is yet to order in his favor but government officials and Jesuits have confirmed that jail authorities have changed their decision and provided Father Swamy with a sipper mug and straws.
A day before his arrest, the priest said in a video that what is happening to him was "not something unique happening to me alone; it is a broader process taking place all over the country."He added: "We all are aware of how prominent intellectuals, lawyers, writers, poets, activists, student leaders are put in jail because they have expressed their dissent or raised questions about the ruling powers of India." He said he was part of the process and not a "silent spectator" and was "ready to pay the price whatever it be." The priest has worked for poor tribal and other impoverished people in Jharkhand and other places in his five-decade-long priestly ministry.
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