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'Stop Persecuting Dissent': Clamour for student activists' release become louder

Those raising demand for the release of student activists are also questioning the silence of mainstream political parties

Sunday June 14, 2020 11:04 PM, ummid.com News Network

Stop Blaming Muslims

Mumbai: A day after American Bar Association, a prominent lawyers' body in the United States, questioned the detention of student activists by Delhi Police, thousands of social media users on Twitter Sunday demanded their immediate release.

"Stop persecuting dissent" and "Protesting is not a Crime" and other messages are flooding Twitter since Sunday morning using a hashtag #StopBlamingMuslims.

The American Bar Association (ABA) cited United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-Custodial Measures for Women Offenders (also known as the Bangkok Rules) to point out "non-custodial means should be preferred for pregnant women during the pre-trial phase wherever that is possible or appropriate".

"Based on a preliminary review of the proceedings to date, the ABA Center for Human Rights has determined that her detention does not appear to meet international human rights standards", the center said in its report released Saturday.

"Given the lack of evidence in the FIR linking Ms. Zargar to acts of violence, it is unclear why alternatives to pre-trial detention were not considered adequate by the court in this case", the ABA said.

"International law, including treaties to which India is a state party, only permit pre-trial detention under narrow circumstances, which do not appear to have been met in Safoora argar’s case", the ABA observed in its report.

Following the release of the ABA report, #StopBlamingMuslims started trending on Twitter with hundreds of thousands of social media users demanding immediate release of Safoora Zargar and other student activists and arrest of the actual culprits of Delhi riots.

Those raising demand for the release of student activists are also questioning the silence of mainstream political parties. Besides, concerns are also raised over the misuse of draconian law UAPA with many wondering if the law is made to target Muslims, Dalits and other minorities. Sample some of the top messages here:

But not all messages are in favour of the campaign. Some of the messages posted under the trending hashtag blamed Muslims for the mess in India.

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