Before anyone outside her hometown knew her name, Disha Ravi spent four years raising awareness among young people in Bangalore about the effects of climate change.
The 21-year-old activist was arrested on Saturday for distributing a “tool kit” in the form of a Google Doc containing talking points and contact information for influential groups to drum up support for farmers who have been protesting against the Indian government for months.
The document — which the police say she shared with Greta Thunberg, the Swedish climate activist — resembles the kind that grass-roots organizations around the world have used for years to campaign for their causes. But the police say Ms. Ravi was using it to “spread disaffection against the Indian State.”
Response: A climate activist who has worked with Ms. Ravi said the government arrested her because they wanted to make her an example and dissuade others from helping farmers in their struggle. Rights groups, opposition politicians and student groups said the government was using its law enforcement agencies to stifle dissent.
What’s next: Although she has not been formally charged yet, she is to spend five days in police custody, under a stringent sedition law.
Courtesy – NYT