Law & Governance

Pregnant Jamia Student In Jail Over UAPA, Family's Faith In Judiciary

BP World Bureau | May 06 2020 10:36:40 AM
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NEW DELHI: Safoora Zargar, a student studying in Jamia Millia Islamia University, was charged under UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) and sent to Tihar jail for allegedly inciting the Northeast Delhi riots. 

The 27-year-old is also in her second-trimester pregnancy. Her husband and family members installed their faith in the judiciary system. 

This has led to anger amidst human rights activists as the Zargar was only part of the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Registry of Citizens (NRC). 

At the same time, she was trolled by the Netizens over her marital status. Her husband condemned this though he said that it's not worth commenting on such remarks. 

He added that he has not seen Zargar since April 13th and was able to talk to her twice only. Jail authorities are not permitted money orders and letters citing COVID restrictions as the reason for it. 

She asked him about her parents and in-laws' well being. He, in turn, enquired about her health and conditions in prison.

She is accused of an anti-CAA protest and road blockade under the Jafrabad Metro station in Delhi.

Her lawyer sought bail and told the Delhi court that she has been falsely implicated but it was rejected. 

It was also argued that she is three-months pregnant and in view of the proviso of Section 437 of CrPC, she may be released.

Her teachers also condemned her arrest and misogynist attacks directed against her for her pregnancy. They added that she is one of the strongest voices in the JCC (Jamia Coordination Committee).

Her husband said that he has faith in the judiciary and will continue to believe in democracy and freedom of speech.

About her condition in prison, Delhi Prisons DG Sandeep Goel said that since she is an undertrial prisoner, she won't be subjected to work. There is a medical expert attending to her and is also given proper food including fruits.