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URGENT ACTION - APARNA MARANDI

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER AT RISK OF TORTURE
Aparna Marandi, a long-time Human rights defender who has been repeatedly targeted by the state government for her activities, was arrested on 8 December. She is being detained in Jharkhand, India and is at imminent risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
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Chief Minister, Jharkhand

Secretariat,

3, Kanke Road, Ranchi,

Jharkhand – 834008, India

Phone: 91-651-2281500

Fax: 91-651-2280717

Re: Request to take urgent action to protect rights in custody of human rights defender Aparna Marandi.

Dear Chief Minister

Aparna Marandi, a long-time Human Rights defender who has been repeatedly targeted by the state government for her activities, was arrested on 8 December. She is being detained in Dumka Jail of Jharkhand State and is at imminent risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

Aparna Marandi , accompanied by her four year-old son Alok and three others, was approached by plain clothes policemen after boarding a train from Jharkhand to Hyderabad on 8 December. Aparna, who has sought to free her activist husband from detention for nearly four years, was arrested for her alleged involvement in two different protests, one which occurred six years ago, and another which took place on 30 November. All were taken into custody at Ranchi women’s police station where they remained until 10 December. They were not presented before a magistrate within 24 hours - in violation of Indian law - and were allegedly subjected to ill-treatment while in custody.

The three other individuals, one a child of 16, were released on 10 December after being forced to sign statements stating they had been arrested on 9 December, instead of 8.

Aparna Marandi and her son were reportedly brought before a magistrate in Ranchi on 10 December and then remanded to police custody and taken to Dumka jail. There are concerns that she may be held incommunicado. Her friends and fellow activists have attempted to contact the police station at Dumka to determine her whereabouts and condition, but as of 14 December police have refused to disclose any information. Authorities have also not responded to a request for details of the charges brought against Marandi.

We urge you to :

-Protect Aparna Marandi and her son from torture and other ill-treatment

-Initiate an independent and impartial investigation into the police behaviour and allegations of ill-treatment during Aparna Marandi and her companions’ detention between 8-10 December at Ranchi women’s police station, and hold those responsible for such ill-treatment accountable

-Desist the practice of arbitrary arrest and detention of individuals in Jharkhand

- Investigate the detention of two children - 16-year-old Satish and four-year-old Alok - in violation of both the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act (2000) and the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which India is a state party and thus obligated to uphold.

The arrest of Aparna Marandi is not an isolated event. The authorities in Jharkhand have used tactics of intimidation to silence many activists from marginalized groups such as the Adivasis (indigenous peoples) and the Dalits who advocate for Adivasi and Dalit rights. Activists in Jharkhand, India are under constant threat of arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment by law enforcement officials for protesting and demonstrating against land grabs and discrimination against Adivasis and Dalits. Many are accused of links to armed opposition groups including the Maoists.

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She must be released at once. I really am worried about her as the corruption and bureaucracy might hurt her badly. I request the international community to take initiatives in this.
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Shame!This happens under a democracy?
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If u will fight for ‘rights’ means u r ‘wrong’……shameful!!!
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