Pregnant woman charged under UAPA, arrested amid lockdown in New Delhi
Safoora Zargar was arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in a case related to communal violence in northeast Delhi over the CAA. Safoora Zargar is the media coordinator of the JCC.
The 27-year old pregnant woman spent her first day of Ramadan in the high-security Tihar jail in New Delhi. Safoora Zargar, a research scholar from Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) University was arrested on April 10 and subsequently charged under the stringent anti-terror law, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 2019 (UAPA), by the Delhi Police.
The cops accused Zargar of being a key "conspirator" in the February violence that erupted in northeast Delhi after supporters of the Hindu nationalist government attacked peaceful sit-ins.
Safoora Zargar was granted bail in the case after she was initially arrested. But later she was arrested again and more serious charges were imposed on her, the JCC claimed.
The JCC said it played no part in the riots, and "this fact will be proved before any court of law".
"The sustained targeting of activists and protesters, even as actual instigators and perpetrators of violence are left untouched, is only the latest instance of democracy being made a mockery of," it said.
"We ask all political and civil organisations to put out a democratic response...," the JCC said.