Hartal over Kathua rape: Civil society respond to the mass arrest by Kerala police

Public Statement 

The Kerala police have arrested more than a thousand people in connection with the harthal seeking Justice for Kathua rape victim. Several youths were held on charges of non-bailable offenses. These youths, both the activists belonging to various organizations as well as individuals, were democratically protesting against the Sangh Parivar forces, whose members were involved in the ghastly rape-murder of the eight-year-old. While it is understood that the law must be upheld during hartals, as it should be on every other day, accusing these protesters of creating communal polarization charging them with non – bailable offenses is discriminatory and unethical.

It is evident that the political parties in Kerala, including the ruling CPI(M), are backing the Sangh Parivar conceit that the protest seeking justice for Asifa was one against the Hindu society. These parties blissfully fell prey to Sangh Parivar’s exaggerated propaganda over violence during the day of harthal. This biased representation of facts has since been nailed by independent media investigations. We realize there is an apparent lack of growth in democratic sensibility to recognize emerging modes of protests and gatherings that are conducted outside the conventional organizational frameworks and are without mainstream political backing.

We the undersigned hereby demand the immediate release of all the accused arrested in Kerala during the last few days. Reducing democratic protests and gatherings to means of advancing ulterior political agendas and thereby demonizing people participated in them is dangerous. We demand the state and law enforcement agencies approach the matter in an unbiased manner and desist from violating citizens rights.

1. Prof. Susie Tharu (Anveshi research center, Hyderabad)
2. Prof. MT Ansari (University of Hyderabad)
3. Prof. Hany Babu (Delhi University)
4. Bobby Kunj (Human right activist)
5. Sreerag P (President, Students Union- University of Hyderabad)
6. Tejas Harad (Copy Editor, Economic and Political Weekly)
7. Dr. Sana Qutubuddin (Indian American Muslim Council)
8. Ashique Rasool (Joint Secretary, Students Union – University of Hyderabad)
9. Sannaki Munna (President, Ambedkar Students Association)
10. Prof. AK Ramakrishnan (Delhi)
11. Ahona Panda (PhD, University of Chicago)
12. Nidhish Sundar (University of Gottingen, Germany)
13. Abdullah Asim (Vice President, students union – Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad)
14. Nahas mala (President, Students Islamic Organization of India)
15. Srutheesh Kannadi (General Secretary, Ambedkar Students Association, Pondicherry University)
16. Injipennu (Journalist, US)
17. Dr. Sowmya Dechamma (associate professor, university of Hyderabad)
18. Trevor Jayaraj (Researcher, Arizona, US)
19. Dr. J Devika
20. Dr. Varsha Basheer
21. Dr. Rekha raj
22. Dr. Ranjith Thankappan (faculty, EFL University)
23. Prof. Jacob Tharu (retired)
24. Sudipto Mondal (Journalist)
25. Ansar Aboobakar (National President, Fraternity Movement)
26. Muthuvel (Writer and Translator, Chennai)
27. Shahnawaz Raihan (Oxford University)
28. Senthil Kumar Thyagarajan (Young Tamilnadu Movement)
29. M Noushad (MediaOne Academy, Calicut)
30. Dr B Ravichandran (Dalit Camera)
31. K Ashraf (Research Scholar, University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
32. NP chekkutti (Tejas Newspaper)
33. Umar Khalid (Student Activist)
34. Asad Ashraf (Senior Journalist)
35. Sibahathulla sakib(Jamia Millia Islamiya, Delhi)
36. Thalleppalli Praveen ( President, Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association)
37. Heba Ahmed (YFDA JNU)
38. Dr. Banojyotsna Lahiri (Lady Shri Ram College, DU)
39. Nadeem Khan (Social Activist Delhi)
40. Abdurahman UP ( research scholar, uoh)
41. Manasi ( research scholar, uoh)
42. Shaheen K Moidunni (University of Leeds, London)
43. Shruti Vaidya (PhD student, University of Chicago)
44. Dr. Ujjani Halim (Human rights activist, Kolkata)
45. Razim Noushad (Research Student, Turkey)
46. Dr. K S Sudeep (Assistant Professor, NIT Calicut)
47. Sachin N (Delhi University)
48. Afthab Illath (Qatar)
49. Vinay Bhat (San Francisco, CA)
50. KK Baburaj (Dalit activist)
51. K Ambujakshan (Welfare Party)
52. CR neelakandan
53. Sheik muhammed karakkunnu (Jamate Islami Hind)
54. KT Hussain (Director, Islamic Publishing House)
55. CK Abdul azeez (Social Activist)
56. KP Sasi (Film maker)
57. Reny Ayline (National Secretary, NCHRO)
58. Nidhin sowjanya ( dalit camera)
59. Anoop VR (Coordinator, RGSC)
60. Rupesh kumar (Film maker)
61. Sudesh M raghu
62. Sreeja neyyatinkara (Welfare Party)
63. Munsif Vengatil (Journalist, Banglore)
64. Alice Abraham (Research scholar, uoh)
65. Muhammed Shah (Hyderabad)
66. Dr. B Karthik Navayan, Human Rights activist, Banglore
67. Anas vithura (research scholar, uoh)
68. Shyamolie, research scholar, Jamia Millia Islamia
69. Praveena thaali (research scholar, uoh)
70. Dontha Prashanth (research scholar, uoh)
71. Arpita Jaya (Research scholar, uoh)
72. Ajay Kumar (RIGHTS)
73. Feba Rasheed (Delhi University)
74. Brp bhaskar (Social Activist)
75. Dr. TT sreekumar (professor, efl university)
76. Dr. Sherin BS (faculty, efl university)
77. Shibi Peter
78. Greeshma Aruna Rai (Chennai)
79. Noufal Ali (UoH)
80. Shefali Saini (Research Scholar, TISS, Mumbai)
81. Naren Bedide (Kuffir, Hyderabad)
82. Mythri Prasad (Associate fellow, Institute for Human Development)
83. Abdurahman (Madhyamam group editor)
84. A M Nadwi (Minority Rights Watch)
85. Dr. B Rajeevan
86. Sajeed Khalid
87. Nikhila Henry (Journalist, Hyderabad)
88. Jitendra Suna (JNU, New Delhi)
89. Pallavi Rao, PhD Student
90. Roderick Wijunamai
91. Iniyavan Banumathi (Ambedkar Students Association HCU)
92. Salim Saboowalla (Social Activist)
93. Bhoomi J N (Mphil Scholar, Kerala university)
94. Sadique Mambad (EFLU)
95. Khalid Saifi, (United Against Hate)
96. Waseem RS, research scholar, JNU
97. Dr. Thongam Bipin (Manipur)
98. Dr. Jenny Rowenna
99. Madhusudan Nag (Research scholar, CDS Trivandrum)
100. Abijith (PhD Scholar Cultural Studies EFLU)
101. Ap Muhammed Afsal (Qatar)
102. Adeeb M, (Jamia Millia Islamia)
103. Thahir Jamal (Research scholar, uoh)
104. Ben j Andreas (PhD Scholar EFLU)
105. S Irshad (Fraternity Movement)
106. Deepti Nair (Journalist, Hyderabad)
107. Dr KT Rammohan (Social Scientist)
108. Ummul Fayiza (Research Scholar, JNU)
109. Sameer Binsi (Singer)
110. Adv. Ameen Hassan (Activist)
111. Dr. Reju George Mathew
112. Abdul Gafoor (Clinical psychologist, Delhi)
113. Sreejith Murali (PhD student, IIT Bombay)
114. Ubaidulla (Research Scholar, JNU)
115. Marva.M (IIT Madras)
116. ESM Aslam (The New College,Chennai)
117. Shihaad (Delhi)
118. Simi Najuma Salim (Delhi)
119. Adv C Ahamed Fayiz (President,Justitia Associates ,Kerala)
120. Salim Saboowalla (Social Activist)
121. Abdul Jaleel M (Research Scholar, UoH)
122. Ratheesh Radhakrishnan (IIT Bombay)
123. Dr. Jinju S. (M.E.S. College, Nedumkandam)
124. Rashid Mohyideen, (Fraternity Movement kasaragod)
125. Ajmal Khan A.T researcher, Mumbai
126. Themeem. T (St. Stephen’s College, Delhi)
127. Asha Rani.P.L (Research Scholar MGU)
128. Afsal Rahman CA (Freelance journalist , New Delhi)
129. Abdulla Kottappally (Research scholar JMI)
130. Muhammed Vasil (UoH)
131. Muhammed Sabith (Independent journalist and researcher)
132. Sabina Y. (PhD Candidate, JNU)
133. Binu Mathew
134. Sanam Roohi
135. Ladeeda Sakhaloon
136. Riaz Tanur
137. Shafin Jahan
138. Saleena prakkanam
139. Ali kuttiadi (research scholar, uoh)
140. Geethanandan
141. AS Ajithkumar (Musician and Activist)
142. Abdul Kareem UK
143. Muhsina Abbas (Web Journalist, Kerala)
144. Mrudula Bhavani (Journalist)
145. Dr. Assiya Ibrahim
146. Shabeer AQ
147. Aleef Jahan, Student, TISS
148. Lubaib, social worker, Bihar
149. Gopal Menon
150. Jiyad hussain (research scholar, uoh)
151. Dr. Narayanan M sankaran (Lecturer, WMO College, Wayanad)
152. M Jisha
153. Afeeda ahmed
154. Gro Vasu
155. Muhsina Ashraf (Research Scholar, UoH)
156. Sadath Husain, JNU
157. Prashaanth Subrahmanian
158. Habeel MM
159. Prabhakaran Varaprath
160. Rafeeq Mohamed
161. Aanisa Muhyiddeen
162. Shamsudheen
163. Rasheed Ayirur
164. Anwar Salahudeen
165. Prasanth Koliyoor
166. Sreejith Kn
167. shaima zainab
168. Shan Ahamed
169. Yahya Sadic
170. Basheer Kommini
171. Suhail Abdul Hameed (Pondicherry University)
172. Shakkeer Bilavinakath
173. Shabas Fathima
174. Fasil Firoos
175. Farseen Ali
176. Sehla NT
177. James Michael
178. Adv.Abdul Ahad.k
179. C. P. Geevan, Ph.D., (Rtd. Scientist, Ernakulam)
180. Neelima Parvathi (Journalist)
181. Afnan Hussain (Delhi University)
182. Anvar N.K (Research scholar, IIT Bombay)
183. Mohammed Ameen
184. Sameera Naseer
185. Anver Sadath.B
186. Adv. Sarika Pallath
187. Sirajudeen Siraj
188. SAJID M S (Research Scholar JNU)
189. Gaurav Somwanshi
190. Shuhail M (UoH)
191. Muhammed Shameem
192. Aariz Mohammed
193. Rashad VP kannur
194. Mohamed Jansher Khan (TISS Alumni)
195. Mahaboob. CK (Aligarh muslim university)
196. Cynthia Stephen (Independent journalist and activist)
197. Saifudheen Kunju (Delhi)
198. AFSAL.ES (Assistant Professor, Sadakathullah Appa College, Tamilnadu)
199. Anu K Antony (IIT Bombay)
200. Hani hilal (Delhi university)
201. Irfan Ali (Research Scholar, UoH)
202. Ananthu Rajagopal (Journalist)
203. Tanima, PhD student (University of Chicago)
205. Drishadwati Bargi ( Graduate Student, University of Minnesota.)

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