Pregnant activist in solitary confinment for inciting Delhi violence

In their probe to identify and charge people responsible for inciting and spreading violence in Northeastern parts of Delhi in February under the UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention) act. Many student activists have come under the radar of Delhi Police and have been arrested. But one of them particularly stands out. Safoora Zargar, a pregnant research scholar from Jamia Millia University. 


Safoora who is in the second trimester of her pregnancy was arrested on 10th April and is at high-security Tihar Jail at the moment. Given her pregnancy, the authorities have shifted her to a solitary cell. Safoora has been accused of being a key conspirator in the Delhi violence that killed 53 people in the capital. 


The Delhi police says Safoora was the one responsible for organizing the protests against the CAA (Citizenship amendment Act) which later turned violent. The police believe the violence was a pre-meditated conspiracy hatched by Muslim activist Umar Khalid, Danish a resident of Bhajanpura, Meeran Haider RJD’s youth wing president and JCC Media coordinator Safoora Zargar. 


“While investigating the Jamia and NE Delhi riots, Delhi Police has done its job sincerely and impartially. All arrests have been made based on scientific and forensic evidence”, Delhi police had tweeted on April 20th.


Zargar, who charged with as many as 18 crimes including rioting, possession of arms, attempt to murder, incitement of violence, sedition, murder, and promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, is not eligible for an early release, her pregnancy is also not being considered for an early release.


She has not been allowed to speak to her lawyer for several days. In a statement to a foreign media outlet her lawyer whose name has not been cited said “I am aghast to learn that in the name of quarantine, Safoora [Zargar] is being kept in solitary confinement! Can you imagine the psychological toll this will take on her?


“She told me that she had made five applications to speak telephonically to her husband but was denied each time by citing COVID-19 protocols,"


The family is now worried that she is suffering from medical and dietary negligence in India’s most overcrowded prison with double the inmates it can accommodate during the pandemic of COVID19. 

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Taniya Tikoo

Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder at ObserveNow. A Mountain girl using the power of words to change the world.

I dream to wake up to a world where I see a thriving Kashmir, a free Palestine and a Free Tibet 

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