India: two community-based defenders put under de facto house arrest ahead of a planned protestEvent
- Initial Date
- Sep 9, 2020
- Event Description
The famous Urdu poet Munawwar Rana’s daughters, Sumaiya Rana and Uzma Parveen had asked people to gather near the Chief Minister’s residence and beat ‘thalis’ to make their voices heard.
Post this, they have been placed under house arrest on Wednesday in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow, over their call for the protest against the UP government led by the Chief Minister Ajay Singh Bisht also known as Yogi Adityanath, the police said.
Sumaiyya and Uzma, who had also played a key role in the anti-CAA protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019, in Lucknow earlier this year, had asked the public to raise their voices against a host of increasing ongoing issues, and mishandling of the raging coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
Sumaiyya who lives at Kaiserbagh in Lucknow, said, “The UP government has failed in containing the contagion in the state. Private hospitals are fleecing the public because the state government is turning a blind eye on them. The COVID-19-related high mortality rate has further worsened the healthcare crisis in UP. Besides, the state government has also failed in curbing unemployment that has started taking a toll on the state’s youths. I had given a call to make our voices heard. ”
After this incident, a large number of policemen were seen outside the Silver Heights Apartments in Kaiserbagh area where they live.
Besides, the police didn’t allow the protesters to gather outside the CM’s residence.
The police spokesperson said since Section 144 is in force in the state capital, no congregation of people could be allowed.
The cases against them have been registered on charges making objectionable comments on social media, public obstruction, violating Section 144 and disturbing peace.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Intimidation and Threats
- Restrictions on Movement
- Rights Concerned
- Freedom of assembly
- Freedom of movement
- Right to healthy and safe environment
- Community-based HRD
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 9 Semptember 2020, Sumaiya Rana and Uzma Parveen, WHRDs and community-based defenders, were put under de facto house arrest and had their house searched by the police ahead of a demonstration they planned against the local government handling of the pandemic in Lucknow, India.