Dalit Labour Activist Nodeep Kaur Granted Bail By Punjab & Haryana High Court:
Dalit labour activist Nodeep Kaur, who was arrested on 12 January following a labour protest at the Kundli border crossing, was granted bail today by the High Court of Punjab and Haryana in an attempted murder case. She was taken to Karnal prison in Haryana. Ms Kaur was charged with sexual harassment by the police in custody, but the claim was dismissed by the authorities. Her lawyer Harinder Deep Singh Bains told media individuals today following the court order that the court would treat separately her claim of wrongful confinement by the police. They're still going to look at her medical history on another date, he said. The court has confirmed that with respect to section 360, there was nothing on record. Therefore, Mr. Bains said, the High Court has granted bail for Ms. Kaur. It is with restraint that no situation of law and order is established. That's the only restraint. Ms. Kaur was arrested over a labour protest demanding better salaries, which coincided with and was also in solidarity with the ongoing agitation of farmers against three new central laws. The Kundli border point between Delhi and Haryana is one of the several where, over the past few months, the protesting farmers have camped. The Muktsar native faced a number of charges following arrest: murder, extort, robbery, rioting, unlawful assembly, bribery, and criminal intimidation. In two cases of bribery and criminal coercion, she was later given bail.
On February 6, when Meena Harris, niece of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, tweeted saying, "23-year-old labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur was kidnapped, tortured, and sexually assaulted in police custody," her case gained international attention. Her tweet held pictures of a mob burning her own photograph in India and another of a masked woman holding up a poster demanding the release of Ms. Kaur.