“Matter very serious” Punjab SC Commission asks relief of Nodeep Kaur

Taking suo moto notice of a news published in a section of media highlighting the matter of Dalit labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur, the Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes on Monday asked the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) to intervene in the matter to ensure relief of Kaur at the earliest.

The Commission has also sought a report in this regard by February 23.

23 year Kaur, a member of the Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan in Sonipat has been in police custody for almost a month.

She was arrested on January 12 by the Haryana Police near the Singhu border for protesting against a firm.

Since Kaur’s arrest, the young Dalit trade union leader has become the face of a labour rights campaign that has run parallel to the farmers’ protest.

The police allegedly tortured and sexually assaulted her and sent her to jail under serious charges, including Setion 307 (attempt to murder), and she has been denied bail by the Sessions Court.

Punjab Schedule Castes Commission Chairperson Tejinder Kaur said that commission has taken the suo moto since Kaur is a resident of Muktsar Sahib. In a communiqué to the Additional Chief Secretary Home Affairs and Justice, the commission has written to intervene besides ensuring the relief to the jailed activist as the matter was very serious.