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7 Feb 2021

The Tribune

India: Unions demand release of Dalit labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur following sexual & physical violence in police custody after arrest at farmers’ protest

“Free labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur, demand unions”, 07 February 2021

Members of farmer unions, Khet Mazdoor Union and Association for Democratic Rights in the state have raised pitch for the release of labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur, who was arrested on January 12 by the Haryana Police near the Singhu border for protesting against a firm. She remains lodged in a jail in Karnal since then.

The police allegedly tortured her and sent her to jail under serious charges, including Setion 307 (attempt to murder), and she has been denied bail by the Sessions Court

Shingara Singh Mann, president, BKU (Ugrahan) Bathinda unit, said: “We condemn the arrest of Nodeep Kaur who is a fierce activist of labour class and Dalits and fights for the protection of their rights. We demand her immediate release and want strict punitive action against those who framed her.”

Jora Singh Nasrali, state president, Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, said: “We have extended full support to the farmers’ agitation. We condemn any sort of atrocities on the labour class or for that matter anyone. We strongly condemn the arrest of Nodeep and demand her release.”

Professor AK Maleri, state president, Association For Democratic Rights, said: “Her arrest and assault is nothing but a clear attempt at suppressing the voice of dissent.”