Pregnant woman in Prison
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The 27-year-old sociology student at the well known Jamia Milia Islamia university was taking a nap, her husband, who didn’t want to be named, told the BBC.
The couple had married 19 months ago, and Ms Zargar had find out just weeks earlier that she was pregnant.
“She’d been suffering from nausea and was generally feeling lethargic,” he said.
The officers told them they were from the “special cell” – the anti-terror wing of the Delhi police – and asked her to go with them to their office in central Delhi.
They said they wanted to ask her some questions about her taking part in protests against a disputed citizenship law that observers say is discriminatory towards Muslims.
At the police station Ms Zargar was asked several questions for several hours, and at 22:30 she was taking into custody. That was on Friday 10 April.
So for a month now, she’s been domiciled in Delhi’s congested Tihar jail – at a time when India is under a strict isolation to fight the coronavirus pandemic and the government’s own advisory says pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to the pandemic.
*Ms Zargar has been charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) – a draconian law that makes it nearly impossible for the accused to get bail.*
Since her arrest, she’s been given permission to make two to five-minute calls each to her husband and her lawyer. She has been repulsed both visits and letters on account of Covid-19 limitations.