Relieved but reliving her horrifying experience in jail, her case came to the fore after it was reported how she was raped and tortured by inserting stones in her private parts in the Dantewada police station.
Although she was jailed for questioning violations of law by the police and security forces in the state, she was harassed and tortured, said human rights activist.
Among several letters written to the Supreme Court, one particular letter had horrifying descriptions of her experience in the custody.
She had asked,"Giving electric shocks, stripping me naked, shoving stones inside me - is this going to solve the Naxal problem?" She had in fact also complained of bad health in several other letters. But none of them moved the SC until now.
Himanshu Kumar, who is a member of the Chhattisgarh Chapter of the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) said,"Chhattisgarh has an unwritten set of rules about how an adivasi should behave. You don't organise, you don't agitate, you don't protest against human rights violations, you don't protest against the state, and you certainly don't protest against industrial houses that are in Bastar to usher in the industrial revolution."
Meanwhile, Soni can go home peacefully!