Hours after Disha Ravi, the 22-year-old climate activist, arrested on February 13 in connection with the “toolbox” case and charged with sedition, was freed on bail by a Delhi court, her mother spoke to NDTV and expressed her joy, relief and confidence in the country’s legal system.
“I am relieved… I am very happy. I believe in the Indian legal system… there is value in the truth in India, ”she said, barely able to hold back tears.
“I don’t know how to say thank you to all the people who supported her and came forward for her,” she added.
She said when her daughter came home to Bengaluru “I just want to hug her and feed her.”
“Every time Disha spoke to us, she’s the one who gave us confidence and strength. My daughter is very strong and daring (and) after all of that, I became a stronger mother, ”she said.
“My message to other parents – we need to be by our children’s side (and) in such difficult times, we should be strong for them,” Ms. Ravi’s mother said.
Earlier today, Extra Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana granted bail to Ms Ravi and in so doing made several strong observations on the right to dissent and freedom of speech and expression.
“Even our founding fathers gave due respect to the difference of opinion by recognizing freedom of speech and expression as an inviolable fundamental right. The right to dissent is firmly enshrined in article 19 of the Constitution of the United Nations. ‘India,’ Judge Rana said.
“There is not even an iota of evidence brought to my knowledge linking the perpetrators of the violence of 01.26.2021 to the said PJF (Foundation for poetic justice) or to the applicant / accused,” he added.
“Given the sparse and sketchy evidence on the record, I find no palpable reason to violate the bail rule for a 22-year-old girl who has absolutely no criminal history,” said the judge, adding: “… sedition cannot be invoked to serve the wounded vanity of the government”.
Ms Ravi is accused by Delhi police of creating and disseminating an online document linked to the farmers’ protest against the centre’s agricultural laws – a document which the police said was intended to revive a Khalistani group and “spread disaffection against the Indian state ”.
Ms Ravi, who told the court earlier this month that she edited only two lines of the document and did not create it, said she “only wanted to support farmers” in their campaign to get the controversial laws – which they say endanger their livelihoods. – discarded.
Under the terms of the bond, Ms. Ravi must continue to cooperate (and not obstruct) the investigation and not leave the country unless the court allows it.
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