Delhi based senior Malayalam journalist Siddique Kappan was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police under draconian UAPA on October 5 on his way to Hathras in Uttar Pradesh, to cover the gangrape and murder of a Dalit woman.
Kappan, secretary of Kerala Union of Working Journalists Delhi Unit has been working for several Malayalam media houses including azhimukham.com.
An FIR has been lodged against Kappan and others in the Mant police station, charging them under sections 124A (sedition), 153A (for promoting enmity between groups), and 295A (outraging religious feelings) of the IPC, sections 14 and 17 of UAPA, sections 65, 72 and 76 of the Information Technology Act.
The FIR also mentions the website, justiceforhathrasvictim.carrd.co, which had information on how to protest safely and avoid the police. The police have stated that the website incites violence and threatens the law and order situation.
Journalist unions, political leaders, and national and international rights organizations released statements condemning the arrest of Kappan and demanded his immediate release.
Here, Raihanath CT, wife of Siddique Kappan speaks to Maktoob journalist Shaheen Abdulla.