NCHRO calls FIR on Medha Patkar Politically Motivated
New Delhi: 13 July 2022.
NCHRO has expressed its solidarity with Medha Patkar as it is a part of the BJP game plan to silence dissent and disagreement crucial to the survival of democracy. On July 10, 2022, an FIR was registered against her and 11 others alleging that a trust under her has “misused funds” collected for the welfare of tribals.
In response, Medha Patkar has said that she has a full account of all income and expenditure.
The complainant, said to be a villager, has also alleged that funds were used for “political and anti-national agenda”. The language used in the complaint clearly betrays the people who worked behind the operation.
The action against Medha Patkar and 11 others fits well with the way in which activists in general have been attacked by the current regime. The narrative of calling anybody who raises their voice for justice “anti-national” has become an old but tired trick.
NCHRO condemns the misuse of law to attack activists and dissenters.
While the confederation does not deny the need for investigations about the use of public funds recent experience shows that the regime is using different agencies for ulterior political objectives.
Prof A Marx