JNU student and Pinjra Tod activist Natasha Narwal booked under UAPA

The Delhi Police’s Special Cell on Friday booked arrested Pinjra Tod activist and Jawaharlal Nehru University student Natasha Narwal under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Narwal is the ninth to be booked under UAPA in the case in which Jamia Millia Islamia students Safoora Zargar, Meeran Haider, Asif Iqbal Tanha, Aam Aadmi Party councilor Tahir Hussain, United Against Hate activist Khalid Saifi, Jamia Alumni Association President Shifau Rahman, congress leader and former Delhi Municipal Councilor Ishrat Jahan, and anti-CAA protester and MBA student Gulfisha Fathima – are in judicial custody. 

Police have said that she had a role in the conspiracy in the Northeast Delhi violence in February.

Narwal was re-arrested by the special cell, a day after a Delhi court sent her and Devangana Kalita, another activist of Pinjra Tod, to Tihar Jail for 14 days in a case related to the Northeast Delhi violence.

The arrested students Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita are also the active members of Pinjra Tod, a collective group of women students in the national capital.

Narwal is a student at the Centre for Historical Studies while Devangana is studying at the Centre for Women Studies in JNU.

The two students were arrested on 23 May for leading peaceful sit-in protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Jaffrabad area in February. A day later, they were granted bail by the court in the case.

“We Oppose this deliberate targeting of young women who have made a conscious political choice to be part of the democratic life of this country. We think that this sends out a wrong and malicious signal to other young women that they ought not to step outside the confines of their homes and take to public causes,” Over 500 activists, professionals from various fields, prominent citizens and rights organizations have jointly released a statement condemning the arrests of Pinjra Tod activists by Delhi Police.

International human rights watchdogs including Amnesty International and civil society groups, teachers associations, student organizations, and filmmakers across India had issued different statements calling for the release of anti-CAA activists who were ‘targetted by Hindu nationalist government for protesting anti-Muslim laws’ and ‘arrested under false accusations by Delhi Police.’

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