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Behind Bars
SHOMA SEN
In Brief

Founder of Stree Chetna which works for women’s right and against dowry cases, Shoma Sen is a professor of English at the Nagpur University. Her Left-leaning activities have turned out to be a thorn in the side for the government and it has led to her arrest on fake charges.

Location

Byculla Jail, Mumbai

Charges

UAPA

Latest Update

15 Apr 2021

Shoma Sen moves Bombay High Court challenging her prosecution under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. She says that the case against her is based on unfounded, forged, hearsay evidence that was planted on digital devices belonging to co-accused Rona Wilson, which were “illegally” seized by the police in complete violation of the law.

Behind Bars
FR STAN SWAMY
In Brief

This 83 year old Jesuit priest has dedicated his life to helping Adivasis and forest dwelling communities get the right to their land, water and forest resources as per law in Jharkhand.

Location

Taloja Jail, Navi Mumbai

Charges

Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act

Latest Update

22 Mar 2021

NIA Court denies Fr Stan Swamy bail. NIA alleged that the group called Persecuted Political Prisoners Solidarity Committee (PPPSC) with which Fr Stan Swamy was associated, was a frontal organisation of the banned CPI (Maoists). However, Fr Stan Swamy's lawyers argued it is a human rights organisation that provides legal aid in Jharkhand.

Behind Bars
GULSHIFA FATIMA
In Brief

A student activist, Gulshifa Fatima was jailed for allegedly inciting violence during the February 2020 Delhi violence. She remains behind bars at Tihar jail. After she alleged harassment by jail authorities, a Delhi court directed jail authorities to change the staff if necessary.

Location

Delhi

Charges

Sections 147 (rioting), 186 (obstructing a public servant from doing his duty), 188 (disobedience to order), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant), 283 (danger or obstruction in a public way), 109 (abetment) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code, UAPA

Latest Update

6 Nov 2020

Delhi’s Karkardooma court has directed the Tihar Jail authorities to change the staff who student activist Gulfisha Fatima had accused of harassing her. Gulfisha, had complained to the court that she was being subjected to communal slurs and mental harassment by the prison staff.

Out on Bail
DISHA RAVI
In Brief

Disha Ravi is a 21-year-old climate activist and founder of Fridays for Future campaign, a people’s movement for climate justice in India. In pursuance of her interest in climate change and vegan food habits, she also works as a culinary experience manager with GoodMylk, a company involved with making plant-based food accessible and affordable to people. She has been arrested in connection with editing a ‘toolkit’, that the Police claim was put together by a “pro-Khalistani group” named Poetic Justice Foundation (PJF) for the farmers’ protest on social media.

Location

N/A

Charges

Sections 124A (sedition), 120A (criminal conspiracy) and 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups) of the Indian Penal Code

Latest Update

23 Feb 2021

Additional Sessions Judge grants Ravi bail, says the evidence against her is scanty and sketchy.

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