Mumbai: The Delhi Women’s Commission (DCW) has taken cognizance of media reports of the arrest of 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi by Delhi Police on Tuesday. The Commission has sent a notice to the Delhi Police in this regard.
“According to media reports, she was arrested by the Delhi Police on February 13 from Bangalore for supporting the farmer’s protest. It has been alleged by some activists in the media that he was taken from Bangalore to Delhi by the Delhi Police. “Her parents, where her parents were not even,” read the notice by the Delhi Women’s Commission.
The DCW notices further states, “It was also alleged that he was brought from Bengaluru to Delhi without being produced before a local court for transit remand. Media reports further alleged that Disha Ravi was transferred to Delhi. I was produced in Delhi without a court. The lawyer of his choice was present in the court.”
DCW in its notice also said that it is a serious matter and referred to the order of Delhi High Court.
“This is a very serious matter. The Delhi High Court said in a 2019 order: ‘Endeavor should be made to get transit remand after producing an arrest before the nearest magistrate … until the situation is investigated. There is no waiver of the warrant. Article 22 (1) of the Constitution of India states that every person arrested has the right to defend himself by a legal practitioner of his choice, “read the notice.
DCW requested Delhi Police for details of the copy of the FIR lodged in the case; Reasons for not producing a girl allegedly arrested before a local court for transit remand; Allegedly for not providing a lawyer of her choice to the girl when she was produced in court in Delhi and detailed action was taken in the above case.
The 21-year-old activist was arrested from Bengaluru for the creation and dissemination of a toolkit document to protest against the ongoing farmers. She was one of the editors of the ‘Toolkit’ document.
On February 3, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg shared this “toolkit” in a tweet which she later deleted. Gratta had also supported the opposition of farmer unions on the boundaries of Delhi against new farm laws.