Chandigarh: Meena Harris, American lawyer and niece of US Vice President Kamala Harris came down harshly on ultra-radicals that have been intimidating and abusing whosoever is supporting protesting farmers warning she won’t be intimidated and silenced after facing backlash in India for supporting the farmers’ protest.
Sharing a number of tweets in support of the protest, she wrote, “This isn’t just about agricultural policy. It’s also about the persecution of a vocal religious minority. It’s police violence, militant nationalism, and attacks on labour rights. It’s global authoritarianism. Don’t tell me to stay out of your affairs. These are all of our issues.”
Her another tweet read, “Weird to see a photo of yourself burned by an extremist mob but imagine what they would do if we lived in India. I’ll tell you—23 yo labor rights activist Nodeep Kaur was arrested, tortured & sexually assaulted in police custody. She’s been detained without bail for over 20 days.”
While in her another post, she wrote, “Y’all literally have headlines that say “Brave Indian men burned pictures of women who support farmers” and think that’s normal.”
Tens of thousands of farmers have been protesting at the Delhi borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, demanding repeal of Centre’s three contentious farm laws; the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 since November 26, 2020.
The protesting farmers have expressed the apprehension that these legislature would leave them at the “mercy” of big corporations. However, the ruling central government has maintained that the new laws will bring better opportunities to farmers and will introduce new technologies in agriculture.
To note, the ruling government at Centre is going extraordinary lengths to ground the agitating farmers at three protesting sites; Ghazipur, Tikri and Singhu boarders, from snapping internet, water and electricity being cut to securing the borders by planting iron grills, digging up the ground, spikes being cemented to the ground, layers of barricades being laid out with concrete poured for stability, concertina wire and boulders being placed to create more obstacles to prevent protesting farmers forcing their way in after the Republic Day violence last week.