Canadian politician demand release of Dalit rights activist Nodeep Kaur

Indo-Canadian politician and member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament for Brampton East, Gurratan Singh, on Monday night, posted a video statement demanding immediate release of Dalit rights activist Nodeep Kaur.

Singh, on twitter, alleged that Kaur was ‘sexually and physically abused’ in custody by the Indian police. Kaur was detained on 12 January by Sonipat police, after a gherao turned violent at Kundli Industrial Area (KIA).

Nodeep Kaur is a member of Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan that joined farmers’ protest at Singhu border.

According to her lawyer, two FIRs have been filed against her. One in connection with alleged violence in KIA on 12 January in which charges invoked include the non-bailable sections 307, 384 and 379 of the Indian Penal Code — attempt to murder, extortion and theft.

The 24-year-old faces another FIR under sections 148, 149, 384 and 506 (rioting, unlawful assembly, extortion and criminal intimidation, respectively) from a clash on 28 December. 

Gurratan Singh urged world leaders to intervene and demand for release of Nodeep Kaur. Shiv Kumar, MAS president has also been arrested.