Indian Government Books Muslim Students Under Draconian Laws Amid Coronavirus Lockdown – By Nazish Hussain and Musheera Ashraf

Four weeks since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a lockdown amid coronavirus pandemic, Indian Police have arrested three Muslim students who had been at the forefront of peaceful protests against India’s divisive anti-Muslim citizenship law since December.

On Tuesday, all three students Meeran Haider, Safoora Zargar, and Umar Khalid were charged under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), a controversial terror law. Last week, Delhi Police issued notices to nearly 50 Jamia Coordination Committee members, who are mostly students of Jamia Millia Islamia to join the investigation. Since then many have gone underground fearing arrest.

For Akhtarista Ansari, a Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) student, the coronavirus lockdown in India is being used by the government to witch hunt dissenting and critical voices. A final year student of B.A Sociology in the institution, Ansari is worried about the arrests of Jamia students by Delhi Police’s special cell.…

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