Farmers, Workers Demand Release of Dalit Woman Activist, Allege Assault by Haryana Cops
A large number of civil society and farmer organizations have come forward seeking the immediate release of a 24-year-old Dalit labour rights activist who was arrested from Kundli Industrial Area (KIA) on January 12 and also allegedly subjected to physical and sexual violence while in custody….
The activists have alleged that on January 12, as the Kisan Andolan continued unabated, Nodeep Kaur, was arrested by Haryana Police from KIA adjacent to Singhu Border. After violently dispersing a rally by workers in the area, the police allegedly took Nodeep Kaur to Kundli Police Station and filed two FIRs against her under a wide range of ‘fabricated’ charges.
“This was followed by brutal custodial violence by male police officers including targeting her genitals amounting to sexual violence. She is currently in judicial custody in Karnal Jail without adequate medical care. This arrest comes following the targeting of a workers organization named Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan (MAS) in KIA. MAS has been at the forefront of forging solidarity between workers and the struggling peasantry at Singhu Border,” the activists have alleged….