India: WHRD Richa Singh attacked
February 28, 2019, 7:15 am

Ms. Richa Singh was the first woman president of the Allahabad University Students
Union since Indian independence. She is known for her staunch opposition to hard
line to Chief Minister Mr. Yogi Adityanath, taking on the ABVP, and her alleged
harassment by the university administration for on-campus activism and raising

gender sensitivity issues. An M.Phil. Gold medallist, Ms. Richa Singh has been
involved in activism since 2008 when she founded the Stri Mukti Sangathan for
women’s welfare. In 2012, she founded the Students Friends Union, as an alternative
platform, independent of students’ wings of established political parties. In 2015, she
contested the student union elections independently.

According to sources, on February 12, 2019, woman human rights defender Ms. Richa
Singh, was brutally attacked by Allahabad police and ABVP members during a
student’s protest at Allahabad University, According to the sources, she was allegedly
physically assaulted by the police personnel and left bleeding and unconscious on the
road. She suffered injuries in her jaw and head. She was treated in a local hospital for
her injuries. Later the police filed an FIR against her under false charges. The peaceful
protest or shanti march was organised at Allahabad university in Uttar Pradesh against
the move of the Uttar Pradesh government to stop the Mr. Akhilesh Yadav, chief of
Samajwadi Party (a political party in the region which ruled the state earlier) at the
Lucknow airport from flying to Prayagraj (Allahabad) to participate in a function at the
Allahabad University, where he was scheduled to attend an event of the students’
union. According to one eyewitness, “The police physically assaulted several people
including political leaders who were present at the protest site. But they were
particularly brutal in the manner in which they beat up Richa Singh. She sustained
head injuries and they also broke two of her teeth! She fell unconscious but we were
not even allowed to take her to the hospital. She was arrested and taken to police
lines.” Ms Richa Singh had earlier been subject to police brutality and institutional
violence for protesting against the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath of the
Indian right wing Hindu nationalist party’s visit to the University and showing him blackflags on which HRDA has sent an Urgent Appeal for Action to the National Human
Rights Commission on March 2016.

Source: HRD Alert – India