The names of Devangana Kalita, Safoora Zargar and Natasha Narwal have often been taken together. But believe it or not, “barring jail time,” the women had never properly met up until this week.
These three young women student leaders have been at the forefront of protesting against the government’s contentious Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens over the last two years. And all got arrested for it too! Thundering judicial wins affirming woman power released them from prison between 2020 and 2021.
Now out on momentary relief (read: bail) “after being accused of conspiring to destabilise the country,” Zargar, Narwal and Kalita finally found opportunity to catch up. In their first picture together, shared by Zargar Friday, the girls were all smiles.
And so we meet, finally, for the first time ever (barring jail time) after being accused of conspiring to destabilise the country! &
Court dates be like: pic.twitter.com/0Jfjs85S2W
— Safoora Zargar (@SafooraZargar) August 27, 2021
Among the most notable faces in Indian activism, Zargar was arrested in April last year under the draconian Unlawful Activities Act, 2019 (UAPA) and charged on multiple counts for her role in the anti-CAA protests at Jamia Millia Islamia, where she was a student. Pregnant at the time, she drew massive support with activist peers and human rights advocates rallying for her release on humanitarian grounds. She was granted bail in June the same year.
As for Narwal and Kalita, both Pinjra Tod activists, Delhi police arrested them last year May in connection to their alleged role in the riots that broke out in the northeast part of the national capital. It was an exhilarating moment for their co-activists and friends waiting to receive them outside Tihar jail when Narwal and Kalita walked out after over a year on June 17.
Image: Safoora Zargar / Twitter