Meena Harris tweets on Disha Ravi arrest: US Vice President Kamala Harris’ niece, Meena Harris called for the release of Bengaluru environment activist and Fridays for Future (FFF) India founder, Disha Ravi.
After Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and American climate activist Alexandria Villaseñor’s support last week, Harris is the latest voice from the West who spoke out on the 21-year-old’s arrest. “Another young female activist, Disha Ravi, was arrested a week ago for supporting the farmer protests,” she tweeted.
Demanding her release, Harris added in her tweet, “This is a crisis in India. Free these women now.”
Another young female activist, Disha Ravi, was arrested a week ago for supporting the farmer protests. This is a crisis in India. Free these women now. https://t.co/mnLUmm1GuQ
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) February 22, 2021
On February 6, Harris had tweeted about Nodeep Kaur, a 25-year-old Haryana-based labour rights activist who has been in prison for more than a month now. Her arrest on February 2 caused global outrage, while she stands accused of as many as eleven criminal charges. Tweeting with the hashtag #ReleaseNodeepKaur, Meena Harris claimed in her tweet that the activist was “arrested, tortured & sexually assaulted in police custody”.
Weird to see a photo of yourself burned by an extremist mob but imagine what they would do if we lived in India. I'll tell you—23 yo labor rights activist Nodeep Kaur was arrested, tortured & sexually assaulted in police custody. She's been detained without bail for over 20 days. pic.twitter.com/Ypt2h1hWJz
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) February 5, 2021
Currently, Disha Ravi, a Bengaluru-based activist has been sent to three days of judicial custody by Delhi’s Patiala House court, in connection to the “Toolkit case” after being charged with conspiracy and sedition.
An FIR was filed against Ravi for her alleged involvement in sharing a “toolkit” backing farmers’ protest. Police alleged that it was aimed at tarnishing India’s image globally. A Delhi court on Saturday reserved its judgment on the bail plea filed by Ravi after she was remanded to three days of judicial custody.
The controversial “toolkit” surfaced after Swedish activist Greta Thunberg posted it on social media in early February. Based on it, the police claimed Ravi was involved in “formulation and dissemination” of the document. Read more about Disha Ravi Toolkit Case here.
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