13, May 2020 | CJP Team
Zamser Ali, a well-known social activist and journalist, who also heads CJP’s Assam state team was granted bail on Monday by the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court in Mangaldai in Darrang district. He had been arrested on May 7, for making derogatory and defamatory social media posts against a woman professor of Mangaldai College who had herself allegedly made deeply communal posts.
He was granted bail on surety of Rs 20,000/- and on the condition that he will cooperate fully with the investigating officer, not tamper with evidence, and not leave the state of Assam without permission of the Court.
Zamser Ali had been charged under sections 120(B)/294A/295A/500/506 of the IPC for making misogynistic posts against Rupa Rani Bhuyan who was recently arrested herself in connection with a case of making communally inflammatory social media posts.
In his bail application Mr Ali had stated that he is not a flight risk and will appear regularly before investigative authorities and the trial court whenever called upon to do so. He had also undertaken to cooperate fully with the police and not engage in any act of tampering with evidence or influencing witnesses.
Meanwhile, given the nature of Mr Ali’s Facebook post (dated April 22) that precipitated this case, CJP had clarified that the organisation can never condone any derogatory words or actions against people of any gender or sexuality. CJP therefore, as a socially conscious organisation, disassociated completely from his deeply misogynistic and unacceptable post. Mr Ali’s social media post is particularly regrettable given his exemplary work in the field of human rights, especially leading CJP’s team in Assam battling the citizenship crisis, hunger and alienation. While CJP recognises that the intemperate and unacceptable post by Mr Ali was probably an ill thought response to a slew of virulent and communal comments and messages against the minorities, misogyny can never be a response.