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on Feb 16, 2021
Disha Ravi, arrested by Delhi Police in toolkit case, is one of the founding members of a group named 'Fridays For Future India', a movement started by climate activist Greta Thunberg.
The arrest of a 21-year-old climate activist for her alleged connection with her involvement in Greta Thunberg toolkit case has sparked nationwide outrage. The climate activist was arrested from Bengaluru on Saturday for allegedly sharing with Greta Thunberg the toolkit related to the farmer's protest against the Centre's three farm laws. The Delhi Police claimed that Disha Ravi was an editor of the toolkit Google doc and key conspirator in the document's formulation and dissemination. Police also alleged that Disha Ravi and others collaborated with pro-Khalistani Poetic Justice Foundation to spread disaffection against the Indian State.” After she was remanded to five-day Delhi Police Special Cell custody, the Opposition hit out at the government with Delhi CM terming the arrest of Disha Ravi as an “unprecedented attack on democracy”. Read More: How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates; The New Climate War by Michael E Mann – review But who is Disha Ravi? Disha Ravi is a graduate in Bachelor of Business Administration from a private college in Bengaluru. The 21-year-old climate activist is also one of the founding members of a group named 'Fridays For Future India'. However, this is not the first time Disha is having a run-in with the law. People close to her say she and Fridays For Future have been under the lens over several environmental campaigns. FFF was founded by Greta in 2018 and Disha is one of the co-founders of the India chapter. Over the last few years, she had been coordinating strikes in different areas of Bengaluru every Friday over climate issues.
A graduate from Mount Carmel College in Bengaluru, Disha is actively involved in environmental issues across India. She has appeared in media reports across the world, including ‘The Guardian’ and ‘Vogue’, for her campaigns. Her motivation to become a climate activist came from watching her grandparents, who are farmers and struggle with the effects of climate change, she told Auto Report Africa last year. The change in Bengaluru’s weather patterns affected her directly, she told ‘Vogue’. “In Bengaluru, we have been experiencing severe rainfall and flooding. My own house got flooded,” she had said. FFF shot into limelight in July 2020 when it campaigned against the Draft Environment Impact Assessment Notification, which led to the blocking of FFF India website and a UAPA case that was later revoked. The organisation is also involved in campaigns for the protection of Mollem forest area in Goa, an elephant conservation zone in Uttarakhand, Aarey forest in Mumbai, Raika forest in Jammu and Dumna nature park in Madhya Pradesh. Disha is an active participant in these causes. She also works as a culinary experience manager with GoodMylk, a company involved with making plant-based food accessible and affordable to people. Disha’s friends describe her as a familiar face at lake clean-ups and tree-planting drives in Bengaluru, and an animal lover fighting against the meat industry. Her friends say the arrest is to suppress voices of dissent. Why was Disha Ravi arrested? The climate activist was on Saturday from Bengaluru for allegedly sharing with Greta Thunberg the toolkit related to the farmer's protest against the Centre's three agri laws, Delhi Police said on Sunday. The Delhi Police claimed that Disha Ravi was an editor of the toolkit Google doc and key conspirator in the document's formulation and dissemination. Police alleged that Ravi and others collaborated with pro-Khalistani Poetic Justice Foundation to spread disaffection against the Indian State. She was the one who shared the toolkit doc with Greta Thunberg, the Delhi Police claimed in a tweet. Greta Thunberg, a teen climate activist, had shared the toolkit to lend her support to the farmers' agitation against the three farm reform laws. In the document, various urgent actions, including creating a Twitter storm and protesting outside Indian embassies, were listed which were needed to be taken to support the farmers' protest. The toolkit has been cited by some critics as proof of her conspiracy to fuel protests in India. Disha Ravi was produced before a Delhi court here on Sunday and remanded to police custody for five days. The police told the court that her custody was required to probe an alleged larger conspiracy against the Government of India and to ascertain her alleged role relating to the Khalistan movement.
During the hearing, Ravi broke down inside the courtroom and told the judge that she had edited only two lines and that she wanted to support the farmers' protest. Duty Magistrate Dev Saroha allowed the Delhi Police to quiz Ravi for five days. While seeking her custody, the police also told the court that the activist had allegedly edited the toolkit on February 3 and many other people are involved in the matter.
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