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Adivasi women's rights leaders to "walk free" three months after they were detained by UP police

By Our Representative
Finally, two Adivasi women’s rights leaders, Sukalo and Kismatiya Gond, detained about three months ago by the Uttar Pradesh police, will be set free. The High Court, which heard the Habeas Corpus petition filed by the Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP), has said that the two can take “judicial remedy” for their release, which means that they can apply for bail.
CJP in a statement said, the two human rights defenders belonging to the Sonabhadra district, were “illegally incarcerated under false charges, in what is the state's way of punishing the women who are active in their fight for the proper implementation of the Forest Rights Act (2006).” It added, “We, along with the AIUFWP will move the court for their bail within the next few days, setting in motion the process for their release.”

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