Bengaluru activist Disha Ravi arrested in connection with Greta Thunberg’s Tool Kit

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Disha Ravi Arrested : Who is this climate crusader from Bengaluru and why has she been arrested?

Activist named Disha Ravi, from Bengaluru has been arrested by the Delhi police in connection with the tool kit tweet by Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. This ‘toolkit’ tweet by Thunberg was on the ongoing farmers’ protests in India.

21-year-old Disha Ravi is  the founder of Fridays for Future and reportedly, she was active in allegedly disseminating the toolkit.

As per News18 report, the police has claimed Ravi was active in circulating the tool kit. The arrested has been made under the cyber crime cell of Delhi Police and a complaint has been filed on charges of “sedition”, “criminal conspiracy”. The police claims Ravi was “promoting hatred”.

A report by NDTV says that Ravi had no legal counsel by her side, while she was produced in court on February 14 and thus she had to argue her own case. Lawyer Rebecca John took to social media to express her disappointment at Disha Ravi being sent to five-day prison custody, without first ensuring that she was represented by a legal counsel. “Deeply disappointed by the conduct of the duty magistrate…who remanded a young woman to five days in police custody, without first ensuring that she was being represented by counsel,” she wrote in her post.

John further added, “Magistrates must take their duties of remand seriously and ensure that the mandate of Article 22 of the constitution is scrupulously followed.”

What is this tool kit?

Greta Thunberg had referred to a tool kit in her post questioning the farmer protests in India and attached a Google document with details. This toolkit was allegedly created like an instruction sheet for those who wanted to garner support for the farmer protests in India.

Global icons supported India’s farmer protests

Singer Rihanna, actor Susan Sarandon, climate activist Greta Thunberg were among the prominent personalities talking about India’s farmer protests on social media.

Disha Ravi is a climate activist

Here’s a video which featured Disha Ravi. She talks of climate being a global priority for youth. “Our new demands are more ambitious than the details listed out by the Paris Agreement, and they need to be too.”

Disha Ravi, Activist

Disha Ravi seen here protesting. Picture Fridays for Future

All You Need to Know

  • Many different individuals are being investigated in connection with a controversial document called the ‘tool kit’ by the Delhi Police.
  • The cyber cell of the Delhi police has been investigation and Disha Ravi is the first arrest in the case.
  • Ravi is also one of the founding members of a climate related campaign named “Fridays for Future”.
  • Ravi’s campaign website says, “The goal of the movement is to put moral pressure on policymakers, to make them listen to the scientists, and then to take forceful action to limit global warming.”
  • She has been booked under IPC sections pertaining to sedition, hatching a criminal conspiracy and promotion of enmity amongst groups.