Nodeep Kaur, a 23-year-old Dalit labourer and commerce union activist from Punjab who has been behind bars in Haryana since final month, will keep in jail for now after she was granted bail in considered one of three circumstances filed in opposition to her however rejected in one other.
The younger girl was arrested on January 12 when she had joined a protest by labourers at Haryana’s Kundli and has allegedly suffered sexual abuse whereas in custody.
She was granted bail in one of many circumstances filed in opposition to her 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 Saturday.
Ms Kaur’s arrest has drawn international criticism with lawyer and creator 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 mother and father are members of farmer unions in Punjab and sister is a pupil 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 once they clashed with the police.
Later, Nodeep Kaur was arrested and a battery of costs – 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 employees of farmers and that’s the reason my sister is being focused,” Rajveer Kaur informed reporters. “She has been crushed up within the police station by male employees and has even been sexually assaulted. There are accidents in her non-public elements. There needs to be strict motion,” she added.
“We’ve filed an utility within the court docket relating to complaints of assault in opposition to her. The court docket has ordered a medical examination. However we’re but to obtain that report,” stated lawyer Jitendra Kumar, who’s representing Nodeep Kaur.
The police have denied all allegations, calling them “concocted”.
“The activists’ assault upon the police resulted in accidents to seven personnel, together with a lady constable,” stated Sonipat police in an announcement issued final week. “The allegations of sexual assault appear to be an afterthought and the police division clearly negates them. Additionally, Kaur was continuously within the presence of two ladies personnel,” the assertion added.