Navdeep Kaur, also known as Nodeep Kaur, is a 23-year-old Dalit activist and who was arrested on January 12 after a demonstration in front of metal-cutting firm Sharan Elecmech in Haryana’s Kundli Industrial Area, has now been granted bail.
The cluster where she was protesting is close to the Singhu border, where thousands of farmers’ have been protesting Centre’s contentious farm laws. Kaur had delivered speeches at the Singhu border as well.
She is now facing charges of attempt to murder, extortion and other offences.
Nodeep was refused bail twice before being bailed on Friday.
Let’s take a look at series of events over the time:
Jan 12: Dalit labour rights activist arrested from the Singhu border, where she was part of the ongoing farmers’ protest against the Centre’s contentious farm laws.
Two FIRs have since been lodged, including under IPC section 307 (attempt to murder).
Feb 3: A sessions court in Sonipat denied bail to Nodeep Kaur, a member of the Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan in Sonipat. Her relatives said they will approach the High Court of Punjab and Haryana.
Feb 5: Outrage against Nodeep’s arrest grew and hundreds protested demanding her release. Meena Harris, an American lawyer, author and niece of US Vice-President Kamala Harris, took up Kaur’s cause, tweeting that she had been “arrested, tortured and sexually assaulted in police custody” and demanding her release.
Weird to see a photo of yourself burned by an extremist mob but imagine what they would do if we lived in India. I’ll tell you—23 yo labor rights activist Nodeep Kaur was arrested, tortured & sexually assaulted in police custody. She’s been detained without bail for over 20 days. pic.twitter.com/Ypt2h1hWJz
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) February 5, 2021
Feb 7: Kaur’s sister Rajvir had claimed that the arrested activist had been thrashed by the Haryana Police on her private parts. However, SP Jashandeep Singh Randhawa denied Rajvir’s allegations of sexual assault and called them “baseless”.
Police said that at the police station, she was kept in the ladies’ waiting room “for the entire time and was accompanied by two female police personnel for the entire duration of her stay”.
— ravinder singh (@RaviSinghKA) February 6, 2021
Feb 24: On Wednesday, the court had adjourned her case upon finding that all her medical reports had not been placed on record by the state. The court had earlier registered a suo motu case over her “illegal confinement”.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday, 26 February, granted bail to labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur in the third case against her, the only one awaiting bail, Bar and Bench reported.
The bail plea filed by her counsels was listed for Friday after the Punjab and Haryana High Court took suo moto cognisance of the case.
This came after the activist claimed that she had been severely beaten up at a police station in Sonipat at the time of her arrest last month, her counsel Arshdeep Singh Cheema said the court had asked the State of Haryana to put her medical reports on record and had posted her bail application for hearing on Friday.