Demands to release Sadaf Jafar, a well-known social and political activist who was arrested in Lucknow on December 19 during anti-CAA protest started poring on various social media platforms. On Thursday, #FreeSafad started trending with posts from across the nation demanding the UP government and police department to release Sadaf who was brutally assaulted her leading to internal injuries, reportedly. Though police brushed off these allegations, Sadaf’s family stated that she was implicated in false cases and was bared illegally.
UP capital Lucknow witnessed huge rallies against CAA on Thursday, 19 December. Jafar who was also part of one such rally went live on social media when some miscreants pelted stones at the local police at city’s Parivartan Chowk. While her whereabouts were not known till December 21, the family and friends took to social media to revolt against the brutality which led the police forces to come down revealing the details. Jafar’s sister Shabana who visited Safad stated, “She has been beaten with a baton on her legs and hands. The police also kicked her abdomen, following which she had internal bleeding.” According to the sources, Jafar was the only woman out of the 150 people arrested on that day and was late slapped with almost 18 serious charges, including rioting and damage to public property. However, everyone who followed her live was evident that she has been part of peaceful protest trying to pacify violent situations.
Sadaf Jafar’s incarceration must end.
imhumane treatment of Sadaf and so many others in UP must end.
Reports of children being tortured and sexually assaulted while in police custody must be independently investigated.
— Salman Anees Soz (@SalmanSoz) January 2, 2020
Sadaf's friend and a strong liberal to the core @PhalguniParikh2 talks about what has been done to Sadaf is an example of democracy being subverted.
— Rudresh Kaul (@KaulRudresh) January 2, 2020