Activist Arfeen Fatima’s house demolished, parents, sister arrested
New Delhi, June 13 (KMS): New Delhi-based Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) staged a demonstration in the university campus against the demolition of the house of former JNU student and activist Arfeen Fatima in Uttar Pradesh state of India. She shot to prominence after her leading role in protests against anti-Muslim law, Citizen Amendment Act (CAA).
The UP government demolished the house of Arfeen Fatima, who is daughter of Javed Ahmad Shah in Prayagraj, UP. Interestingly, the police demolished the house without giving any reference to activist Arfeen Fatima.
JNUSU members raised slogans against “Bulldozer Raj” of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led government and held placards reading: “Stop the witch-hunt of Muslims”.
The building map of Ahmad’s house had not been approved by the authorities concerned, an agency official made a ridiculous charge. Anti-blasphemy protests have spun out of control in Prayagraj and some other parts of Uttar Pradesh over the past few days. Police used tear gas and lathis to disperse the protesters. Ahmad has been arrested and is being interrogated, according to police.
Meanwhile, police also arrested Fatima’s mother and a sister in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad city. Her father Javed Mohammad, a leader of Welfare Party of India, her mother and one of her sisters have been taken into custody by the police in connection with the protest held in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad city on Friday.
Arfeen Fatima, who is also known for her unapologetic approach on Muslim issues, said that the police first picked his father from their house on Friday night. Then, they again came and took her younger sister and mother with them. The police came for the third time and asked her and her sister-in-law to go with them. But they resisted.
She said she is concerned about the safety of her family members. “My sister is just 19-year-old and my mother is a diabetic patient,” she said. “A lot of Muslim activists such as my fathers are being harassed, intimidated and we fear that our house will be bulldozed,” she stated.