Nodeep Kaur, a 23-year-old Dalit labourer and trade union activist from Punjab who has been behind bars in Haryana since final month, will keep in jail for now after she was granted bail in one among three instances filed in opposition to her but rejected in one other.
The younger lady was arrested on January 12 when she had joined a protest by labourers at Haryana’s Kundli and has allegedly suffered sexual abuse whereas in custody.
She was granted bail in one of many instances filed in opposition to her but had been turned away in one other final week by native courts in Haryana. The listening to within the third case is due on Saturday.
Ms Kaur’s arrest has drawn worldwide criticism with lawyer and writer Meena Harris, the niece of US Vice-President Kamala Harris, amongst public figures who’ve spoken out in opposition to her detention.
Nodeep Kaur had been working at a agency in Kundli Industrial Space in Haryana’s Sonipat, round 3 km from the Delhi-Haryana border, the place farmers have been protesting for greater than two months.
With a household historical past in activism – her mother and father are members of farmer unions in Punjab and sister is a pupil activist in Delhi College – she had joined “Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan” a trade union that labored to make sure labour rights.
Inside 4 months, she was fired. On January 12 she was protesting within the Kundli industrial space with 20 others demanding wages once they clashed with the police.
Later, Nodeep Kaur was arrested and a battery of prices – homicide, extortion, theft, rioting, illegal meeting, extortion and felony intimidation – was made in opposition to her.
Denying all allegations, Nodeep Kaur’s sister Rajveer Kaur has accused the police of custodial torture and sexual assault on her sister.
“The federal government is afraid of the unity of staff of farmers and that’s the reason my sister is being focused,” Rajveer Kaur instructed reporters. “She has been crushed up within the police station by male employees and has even been sexually assaulted. There are accidents in her personal components. There ought to be strict motion,” she added.
“We’ve filed an software within the court docket relating to complaints of assault in opposition to her. The court docket has ordered a medical examination. However we’re but to obtain that report,” stated lawyer Jitendra Kumar, who’s representing Nodeep Kaur.
The police have denied all allegations, calling them “concocted”.
“The activists’ assault upon the police resulted in accidents to seven personnel, together with a girl constable,” stated Sonipat police in an announcement issued final week. “The allegations of sexual assault appear to be an afterthought and the police division clearly negates them. Additionally, Kaur was always within the presence of two ladies personnel,” the assertion added.