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Delhi Riots: Safoora Zargar Moves HC Seeking Bail

Delhi Riots: Safoora Zargar Moves HC Seeking Bail

Delhi Riots: Safoora Zargar Moves HC Seeking Bail
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Safoora Zargar, a Mphil student was arrested by the Police during the protest under the anti-terror law (UAPA), moved to the Delhi High Court, on Wednesday (June 17), seeking bail. The four-month pregnant activist was placed under arrest on April 10, 2020, for being a part of the Anti-CAA protests.

Zargar, who was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police, has challenged the June 4 order of the trial court denying her bail in the case. The trial court, in its order on June 4, had said, “When you choose to play with embers, you cannot blame the wind to have carried the spark a bit too far and spread the fire”.

The court had said that even if there was no direct act of violence attributable to Zargar, she cannot shy away from her liability under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). When the allegation of the conspiracy was refuted by the defence on grounds that Zargar was not physically present at the scene, the court observed that since there was prima facie evidence of conspiracy, it would be admissible against all, even those not physically present. The trial court had asked the concerned jail superintendent to provide adequate medical aid and required assistance to Zargar.

The Accusations

In reality, Zargar was part of the peaceful protesters who were showing their dissent against the discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) near the Jamia University’s campus, a resistance led by women and students of the neighbourhood of Shaheen Bagh.

The move by the state to target a protestor at their most vulnerable state in a manner as to impose the kind of punishment that encompasses risking prenatal harms and injuries that may be dangerous to a pregnant resister talks volumes about the values and laws that ‘protects’ the citizens.

“Any constitution that is framed in future for India, must contain the fullest guarantees for the protection of the rights and interests of minorities. What are the necessary safeguards…? This judgment rests with the minority not with the majority [and]…therefore, must be formulated by their consent, not by majority vote.”- Ambedkar’s idea on the right to veto.

The arrest and unfair treatment of Zargar help prove the point they were trying to make in the 1st place regarding the treatment of minorities. The irony behind the situation is completely overlooked by the state authorities. можно ли взять займ без паспортазайм на пару днеймикрозаймы онлайн первый займ бесплатно займ на карту круглосуточнобыстрый займ онлайнкиви займ

Anushree J

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