TDN World Desk: The Center for Human Rights at the American Bar Association (ABA) has said in a report that Safoora Zargar’s detention does not appear to meet the the standards of international law, including treaties, to which India is a state party.
The Centre, in its report, specifically stated that the denial of bail to the anti-CAA activist Safoora Zargar in the UAPA case ws not in compliance with the provisions of International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which permit pre-trial detention only for narrow purposes such as to “prevent flight, interference with evidence, or the recurrence of the crime”.
On April 10 Safoora was arrested by Delhi Police.She was three-months pregnant at that time. Three days later- on 13th April she was granted bail but at the same day under vrious section.Last week Additional Sessions Court, Patiala House at New Delhi had denied bail to the 27-year-old Jamia student and Ph.D scholar in case registered against her under the sringent UAPA law in connection with the Delhi violence.
Expressing concern over her detention, the Centre said, Given the lack of clear evidence of criminal condutct, her pregnanat condition, and the failure of prosecutors to specifically explain how Ms. Zargar poses a threat if granted bail, Ms zargar should be given the oppertunity to furnish a bail bond and be in her home with her family until the appropriate time for her legal hearings. The Centre urges the Court to uphold India’s moral and legal obligations given the pandemic and order the immediate release of Ms. Zargar.”