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“Age, gender not relevant in assessing culpability,” says HM in Disha Ravi case

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday defending Delhi Police’s action in controversial “toolkit” accused Disha Ravi’s case, said the arrest of the 22-yaer-old female climate activist had been explained by cops and factors such as age, gender and profession could not be relevant in assessing culpability in a crime.

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Alleging that the case has been handled “meticulously” by the Delhi Police, BJP minister said the nature of a crime case should not be judged on extraneous factors, while refusing to elaborate on the “merits” of the investigation.

“Kya gender, age, profession pooch kar gunah tay hoga? (Will a crime or culpability be decided on the basis of gender, age and profession),” Shah said upon being asked about Ravi’s arrest.

“Delhi Police have been given a free hand to deal with the case… there is no political pressure on them and they have the freedom to act as per the law, therefore, I will not speak about the merits of the case,” Shah told media.

“Do you ask the age of someone who commits a crime?” he said pointing to the given focus on the activist’s age and role as an environmental activist. He further said that though there was little scope of error by Delhi Police but there was also an option to approach the courts for quashing the case. “One should approach the court and seek remedy if he or she feels that there is no evidence,” he added.

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Shah said questioning and protesting arrest was easy but who would take responsibility in case something untoward happened. “What kind of trend is this that people start talking about profession, association and age in terms of a case?” he asked while criticising media reports questioning the arrest of young 22-year-old activist.

“There might be many other 22- year-olds who would have been arrested,” he said while adding, “There must be some evidence on which Delhi Police has taken action.” “Delhi Police is acting as per the law. It has already given details of the IPC Sections which have been used in the case. It has explained the case and the sections in detail for the people,” he said.

He also abstained himself from commenting on Disha’s arrest alleging that he was not in a position to prevent people from speaking on the issue with a political motive. Delhi Police commissioner S N Shrivastava had said that Disha Ravi’s arrest was made in accordance with the law.

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