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Young environmentalist's arrest 'sinister', even parents not told of her whereabouts

By Our Representative 

The Coalition for Environmental Justice in India (CEJI), a civil society network, has said that it is “highly disturbing” that Disha Ravi, a young woman climate activist from Bengaluru was “picked up” in what is referred to as a “closely guarded operation” of the Delhi police. Disha, 21, has been remanded to police custody for five days after she was taken from Bengaluru to Delhi.
Calling it a Central government “over-reaction”, CEJI in a statement, signed by several civil society activists and citizens, said, the arrest suggests “young environmental activists, that the country should be proud of, are the latest victims of the Centre’s continuing efforts to deligitimise the ongoing farmers’ protest and the nationwide solidarity it has generated.”
Disha was “picked up” for sharing an advocacy toolkit inviting solidarity with the farmers’ protests outside Delhi, which was shared by noted teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg. Complained CEJI, Delhi police’s actions are “all the more sinister” because the 21-year-old was taken to Delhi “with no disclosure about her whereabouts, not even to her parents.”
Calling it an “extra-judicial abduction”, the statement said, “Delhi police’s disregard for the rule of law is no secret. However, this action against an individual without following the due process of law, and in clear violation of norms for arrests and detentions laid down by the Supreme Court, reflects absolute contempt for constitutional principles.”
Terming Disha’s arrest “government’s heavy-handedness” in order to “terrorise and traumatise brave young people for speaking truth to power”, CEJI demanded that Disha should be immediately released and assisted to get back home to resume her life”, adding, “The current action of the Indian government amount to gagging democracy itself.”

Comments

AnilPongalil said…
Disha Ravi is young and innocent to the extent that tweets meant for instigating Civil War shall be deleted immediately. She is grown up and intelligent too to have the conviction that such tweets are punishable under UAPA. Ajmal Kasab was one year younger than Dish when massacred people in Mumbai and was he eligible for any kind of leniency on account of his young age. The tool kit which Nikita , Disha, etc made had the potency to inflict more damage than Kasab and his 10 friends did
Anonymous said…
Misusing system
ofcourse they have to say that, but...what a hypocrisy...Disha wants world to listen, but she does not listen to her own people!! Why can’t all farmers join Zoom call! Because they will tell in 2 min that, they have better things to do...Tikhat, and those lots who pretend to represent farmers will eventually disappear but, Disha should not be allowed to do this once again!!
Spare a thought to. this...before supporting such misadventures. What if your son, daughter, brother, son-in-law or daughter-in-law went and told all the people in town and many people abroad on Twitter about some of your misfortunes and not being helpful, instead creating more chaos and more trouble, and have no interest in helping fix the issues!! that is what Disha has done. May be that is what needs to happen to some of her supporters as Karma, I’m certain Disha will get it back. She does not have the good wishes of honest people, more importantly she has not followed laws of dharma - disturb the peace of one place you live so that friends outside can have ‘something to write’. Shame on you Disha!
A D Singh said…
Innocent but dangerous, Tool kit designed to lead a peaceful protest into a riot. Such a dangerous game been supported by such extremist mindset writing blogs in support of such innocent threat to the nation Ms Ravi. Shame on such actions and shame on groups supporting such activities.

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