Delhi riot: Student activist Gulfisha says she was called ‘terrorist’, faced communal slurs in jail

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Arrested student and anti-Citizenship Amendement Act (CAA) activist Gulfisha Fatima said before a Delhi court on Monday that she was being subjected to communal slurs and mental harassment by jail authorities.

Gulfisha Fatima, a recent MBA graduate and community organizer from Jaffrabad is currently lodged in Tihar jail in the case related to the northeast Delhi violence and facing charges under draconian UAPA.

“I have a problem in jail. Ever since I was brought here I have been constantly facing discrimination by the jail staff. They called me educated terrorist and are hurling communal slurs at me. I am facing mental harassment here. If I hurt myself, only jail authorities will be responsible for it,” Gulfisha made the submission before Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat when she was produced through video conferencing in the case.

According to Huffington Post report, Gulfisha also said: “They (jail staff) tell me, ‘you die inside,¬†outside¬†you have orchestrated riots.'”

She told the court that the mental and emotional harassment is still going on with her.

“If I will do anything, if I will hurt myself, only the jail authorities will be responsible for it,” she added.

After she made her submissions directly to the court, the judge asked Gulfisha’s lawyer Mehmood Pracha to file an application regarding this.

28-year-old Gulfisha was arrested on the basis of an FIR on the Jaffrabad sit-in protest against CAA on 9 April and slapped with the draconian UAPA on 18 April along with Jamia Millia Islamia student leaders Safoora Zargar and Meeran Haider in connection with the Delhi violence conspiracy case.