Who is Nodeep Kaur? Via: Turban Inc.
Nodeep, 24, a Dalit labour rights activist and member of Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan (MAS), one of the many worker unions protesting with the farmers against the government’s new laws, has been in jail for over 20 days. She was arrested from the Singhu border on 12 January and her bail was rejected on 2 February.
The Quint reported:
““When I went to meet her at Karnal jail a day after she was arrested, she had told me that she was beaten up brutally by male police officers and had injury marks on her private parts. We had immediately asked for a medical test to be done, the report of which will be submitted in court. We still have no clue what happened to that report.”” Rajvir Kaur, Nodeep’s Elder Sister
Nodeep was working part-time in a factory in the Kundli industrial area since the lockdown lifted to arrange funds for her future education. This is how she joined the labour union and was actively fighting for unduly withheld wages.
Niece of Kamala Harris tweeted in support of Nodeep after which many international media started to pick up the story.
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
“The fight is against privatisation and corporatisation of our lands and our factories. Labourers and farmers have to join hands, if they want to win this fight.”
– Nodeep Kaur
Nodeep Kaur hails from a landless Dalit peasant family in Punjab, works in KIA, and as a part of MAS, has been taking up the issues of worker harassment by management, unpaid dues of workers, pending wages and rampant exploitation of women workers. Without unions and representation, the workers are largely working on contract and were not paid wages during the lockdown despite the order of the union home ministry.
Nodeep’s sister Rajveer Kaur has detailed Nodeep’s arrest, detention, and sexual assault by police. Nodeep was targeted and arrested at a protest on Jan 12. info via @equalitylabs
Art by @AnandpurArts
Equality Labs issued the following tweets in support of Nodeep Kaur:
Who is Nodeep Kaur? Nodeep, 24, a Dalit labour rights activist and member of Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan (MAS), one of the many worker unions protesting with the farmers against the government’s new laws, has been in jail for over 20 days. pic.twitter.com/I1OXmPAjPd— Equality Labs (@EqualityLabs) February 4, 2021
Nodeep hails from a landless Dalit peasant family in Punjab, works in KIA, and as a part of MAS, has been taking up the issues of worker harassment by management, unpaid dues of workers…. learn more: https://t.co/6BOeJ8gCqj pic.twitter.com/665TBqbqJR— Equality Labs (@EqualityLabs) February 4, 2021
Famous write Rupi Kaur came in support of Nodeep:
Here are some of the biggest tweets in favor of Nodeep Kaur:
Nodeep Kaur is an activist who was abducted by Haryana Police from her tent at the farmers protest. She has been tortured and sexually assaulted in police custody, denied medical examination and bail. #FreeNodeepKaur #ReleaseNodeepKaur #FarmersProtests pic.twitter.com/jCqLp9haZv— Baljinder Kaur (@Ballyjinder) February 5, 2021
Major magazines around the world are supporting Nodeep:
Nodeep Kaur, a Dalit union and mazdoor activist, has been under arrest for 20 days and subject to horrifying violence under custody. #ReleaseNodeepKaur #FreeNodeepKaur— AsianWomenMeanBusiness (@A_W_M_B) February 4, 2021
Incredible India – this is a joke. #FarmersProtest pic.twitter.com/g4GcCYn3hx
Protest in support of Nodeep Kaur:
nothing I wish more than to be alongside in person with all my people – seeing my art on the posters in India makes me feel like a small part of me is standing there with you all. ✊🏽🤎 #FreeNodeepKaur pic.twitter.com/biPAjlL0yR— ravina (@ravinartoor) February 5, 2021
Sikh Press Association tweeted in support:
Activist and journalist Nodeep Kaur was abducted by Indian Police at the #FarmersProtest. She has been tortured and sexually assaulted in police custody, denied medical examination and bail.— SikhPressAssociation (@SikhPA) February 5, 2021
India's treatment of women activists must be exposed.#FreeNodeepKaur #ReleaseNodeepKaur pic.twitter.com/v7g4Wa9uR2
Release 23-year-old mazdoor activist Nodeep Kaur. She was advocating for the rights of labourers at the #FarmersProtest in India. Nodeep is in Karnal jail. She was detained on 12/01/21 & has been subjected to custodial sexual violence. #FreeNodeepKaur now!@DSNUK @surajyengde pic.twitter.com/UIPnWEiORO— Raveeta (@raveets_) February 2, 2021
Activists support in favor of Nodeep Kaur:
24-year-old Nodeep Kaur, a Dalit Trade Union activist, was arrested by Haryana police from the Singhu border on 12th January.— Right to Dissent #IStandWithFarmers (@Kractivist) February 6, 2021
She's been detained without bail for 24 days now. Raise your voice.#FreeNodeepKaur #ReleaseNodeepKaur #FarmersProtest pic.twitter.com/5aYfKxS2oK
My first job as a lawyer was demanding unpaid wages be paid. Nodeep Kaur got arrested for doing this in India, beaten & sexually assaulted behind bars with no formal charges or bail! Where is global labor support? #FreeNodeepKaur https://t.co/mOP7cBFc9E— Daljit Kaur Soni (@daljitkaursoni) February 2, 2021
Nodeep Kaur, a Dalit Sikh Labor and Farmer activist has been arrested for 20 days, and her bail has been denied. She deserves justice. #FreeNodeepKaur #JusticeForNodeepKaur #ReleaseNodeepKaur https://t.co/Q886aMJCgc— Anmol (@anmolpavade) February 3, 2021
United Sikhs reported:
Nodeep Kaur, arrested on 12 Jan. near New Delhi, according to family sources has been tortured and sexually assaulted since her targeted arrest.— UNITED SIKHS (@unitedsikhs) February 6, 2021
Our legal teams in India are investigating the case. #ReleaseNodeepKaur pic.twitter.com/9dK4xBSnRI
Dr. Dharamvir Gandhi supported with tweet: