British Labour Party MP Tanmanjeet Singh on Wednesday expressed concern over the arrest of labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur over the farmers’ agitation, saying the abuse of peaceful protest activists, especially women, is an affront to democracy & civilised society.

“Alarmed to learn of sexual assault & torture allegations in police custody of Punjabi trade unionist Nodeep, who after four weeks hasn’t even been granted bail,” Mr Dhesi tweeted.

Mr Dhesi added, “Abuse of peaceful farmers protest activists, especially women, is an affront to democracy & civilised society.” Earlier, Punjab-origin politician Mr Dhesi had sent a letter, signed by over 100 MPs and Lords, to UK PM Boris Johnson on the ongoing farmers’ protests, asking him to raise this matter with his Indian counterpart Mr Modi when they next liaise.

On Monday, the Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes asked the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) to ensure relief for Nodeep Kaur.

The Commission also sought a report by February 23. It said it has taken suo motu notice of the issue since the woman is a resident of the state.

Nodeep Kaur, 23, was arrested on January 12 during the farmers’ protest at Kundli in Haryana.

Nodeep Kaur’s case came to the fore as US Vice President Kamala Harris’ niece Meena Harris claimed in a tweet that she was “tortured & sexually assaulted” in police custody.

However, the police said she was facing serious criminal cases.

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