No one is above the law, India rejects allegations by UN on harassment of journalist Rana Ayyub
The Human rights experts of the United Nations (UN) have tweeted a misleading narrative by claiming “Judicial harassment” targeting Journalist Rana Ayyub. In a befitting reply, Indian government on Monday tweeted “Allegations of so-called Judicial Harassment are baseless &
unwarranted. India upholds the Rule of Law, but is equally clear that no one is above the law.
We expect SRs to be objectives & accurately informed. Advancing a misleading narrative only tarnishes UN geneva’s Reputation.”
Earlier, the UN human rights experts said, Ms. Ayyub, was facing relentless misogynistic and sectarian attacks online and questioned these threats should be looked over by Indian authorities. Recently, Rana Ayyub has been detained by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the accusation of misappropriating funds as donations for relief during the Covid-19 pandemic. The move by ED comes after an FIR was filed in Uttar Pradesh accusing her of diverting money that was called through crowdfunding to provide relief to the pandemic affected people. The UN experts have described the actions by the agencies as a motion to approve the online harassment and “death and rape threats” that Ms. Rana Ayyub has been facing.
The lack of condemnation and proper investigation by the government coupled with legal harassment has only served to falsely sanction and further endangered her safety, the officials stated in solidarity with Indian journalist.