Delhi police opposes activist Safoora Zargar's bail stating pregnancy no ground for bail
Zargar was arrested on April 10 in a case related to communal violence in northeast Delhi in February and was charged under the stringent UAPA. The Delhi police on Monday submitted a status report to Delhi High Court in response to a notice.
Stating that 39 deliveries have taken place in Delhi's Tihar Jail in the last 10 years, the Delhi police opposed the bail of research scholar and Jamia Coordination Committee member Safoora Zargar.
Safoora, who is more than four months pregnant, have been in jail since April 10, when she was arrested in a case related to the northeast Delhi riots.
Submitting its status report in the Delhi High Court, Delhi Police maintained that her pregnancy does not dilute the gravity of her alleged offence and that she is being given adequate care in the jail.
The Jamia Millia Islamia M.Phil student has been charged under the stringent anti-terror law, UAPA and was denied bail on June 4 by a trial court.
After Zargar had challenged that order, the Delhi High Court, on June 18, had issued notice to Delhi Police asked them to file a status report on Zargar's plea.
"There is no exception carved out for pregnant inmate, who is accused of such heinous crime, to be released on bail merely because of pregnancy. To the contrary, the law provides for adequate safeguards and medical attention during their custody in jail," stated the report submitted by Delhi Police, reported News18.
It also said that there have been precendts of inmates delivering in custody saying, "it is respectfully submitted that till date 39 deliveries have taken place in Delhi prison in last 10 years" and Zargar is not entitled to any "preferential treatment".
The report by Special Cell DCP PS Kushwaha stated that "the very fact of rearing of life ought to have been a check on activities (by Zargar) which had a potential to cause, and which did in fact cause large-scale destruction of life and properties”.
According to News18, The Delhi Police said that Zargar is lodged in a separate cell and is being attended to regularly by doctors, apart from being given a proper diet and required medicines.
The report also stated that in the cell, social distancing norms being followed better than what would be available to her outside.
The police also reiterated their claim that Zargar was complicit in a "sinister design" to create unrest by flaring up communal tension with the ultimate objective of uprooting a democratically elected government by using violent and illegal means.
There have been much controversy regarding Zargar's arrest as the police accused her of giving provocative speeches which might have flared tension between communities in Delhi in February, as part of Anti-CAA protests.