The repression of the UP government against 'unprecedented' anti-CAA activists: The Guardian

NEW DELHI: notoriously intolerant BJP Government repression against some of the most recognized civil societies is unprecedented both in scale and in fervor, write Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Shaikh Azizur Rahman.

In the newsroom, the main protesters arrested during the law against citizenship agitate narrate their terrible experience during their time in prisons.

One of the known activists, 73, was quoted in the report saying he was arrested in the middle of the night and taken to a police station in Lucknow. Police officers mistreated me a lot while I was in their custody and threatened me in many ways.

During the protests against the CAA in UP, Shoaib was among dozens of leading social and legal activists who began to be systematically and illegally persecuted, detained and detained by the police, with several tortured and most imprisoned for false charges, without ever being presented to a magistrate, as required by law.

For Shoaib, his detention was particularly absurd. He is accused of leading a protest that turned violent in Lucknow on December 19, although it happened while he was under house arrest by the police, after he was arrested last night, writes The Guardian. .

After the police failed to present any evidence to a judge, Shoaib was rescued last month, after weeks behind bars. But the charges have not been dropped.

The Guardian cited another prominent activist in Uttar Pradesh and a spokesman for Congress, Sadaf Jafar, who broke down while reporting torture in jail. She said she was arrested while protesting peacefully at the Lucknow rally. While at the police station, Jafar said, agents subjected her to relentless racist and Islamophobic insults. They started slapping me and hitting me, calling me Pakistani and another language that I could never repeat. Another senior officer told me that he had seen me 'speaking big' at the protest and that he would teach me a lesson; that he would accuse me of attempted murder and make sure that I rot in jail, Jafar told The Guardian. .

The Guardian also writes: It is not only Muslim activists who denounce torture. Deepak Kabir, 46, a prominent Hindu poet and activist, said he had been arrested and severely beaten after entering a police station to search for fellow activists.

It is a very thought process to attack familiar faces because if they crush us, everyone else is immediately intimidated, says Kabir.

The police and the Uttar Pradesh government have denied any illegal and illegal arrest and torture in custody, he writes.

The Guardian says: The passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act has caused India's greatest malaise for more than four decades. Many believe that the Law blatantly discriminates and could tear apart the secular foundations of India. There are also fears that the associated plans for a National Registry of Citizens will require only Muslims to present evidence of their nationality, and could lead to arrests and deportations.