Taking on complaints concerning the alleged unlawful detention of Nodeep Kaur, a 23-year-old Dalit labourer and commerce union activist, the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket on Friday issued discover to the Haryana authorities.
The courtroom has requested Haryana to elucidate the criticism filed in opposition to Ms Kaur who was arrested on January 12 when she had joined a protest by labourers at state’s Kundli and has allegedly suffered sexual abuse whereas in custody.
The courtroom mentioned it was taking on the nameless complaints it obtained on Feb 6 and eight about Nodeep Kaur’s “unlawful confinement” by Haryana Police.
The activist, who has been in jail for over a month, was granted bail in one of the three cases filed against her on Thursday however had been turned away in one other final week by native courts in Haryana. The listening to within the third case is due on Monday.
Ms Kaur’s arrest has been protested by political leaders in India and has additionally drawn international criticism with lawyer and writer Meena Harris, the niece of US Vice-President Kamala Harris, amongst public figures who’ve spoken out in opposition to her detention.
Nodeep Kaur had been working at a agency in Kundli Industrial Space in Haryana’s Sonipat, round 3 km from the Delhi-Haryana border, the place farmers have been protesting for greater than two months.
With a household historical past in activism – her dad and mom are members of farmer unions in Punjab and sister is a scholar activist in Delhi College – she had joined “Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan” a commerce union that labored to make sure labour rights.
Inside 4 months, she was fired. On January 12 she was protesting within the Kundli industrial space with 20 others demanding wages after they clashed with the police.
Later, Nodeep Kaur was arrested and a battery of expenses – homicide, extortion, theft, rioting, illegal meeting, extortion and prison intimidation – was made in opposition to her.
Denying all allegations, Nodeep Kaur’s sister Rajveer Kaur has accused the police of custodial torture and sexual assault on her sister.
“The federal government is afraid of the unity of staff of farmers and that’s the reason my sister is being focused,” Rajveer Kaur instructed reporters. “She has been crushed up within the police station by male workers and has even been sexually assaulted. There are accidents in her personal components. There needs to be strict motion,” she added.
The police have denied all allegations, calling them “concocted”.
“The activists’ assault upon the police resulted in accidents to seven personnel, together with a girl constable,” mentioned Sonipat police in a press release issued final week. “The allegations of sexual assault appear to be an afterthought and the police division clearly negates them. Additionally, Kaur was always within the presence of two ladies personnel,” the assertion added.