Agra activists demand freedom for confined woman

April 27th, 2008 - 7:32 pm ICT by admin  

Agra, April 27 (IANS) Human rights activists Sunday staged a rally here demanding Munni, a young woman confined to a government protection home for eight years, to be set free immediately. “It is over eight years since Munni, 23, has been confined to a government protection home here. She repeatedly pleads for freedom. Officials do not know why she has been incarcerated,” said Naresh Paras, chief organiser of the rally held by Amnesty International members.

Munni has been confined to the Agra Women’s Protection Home since July 21, 1999.

More than 25 volunteers belonging to various human rights groups participated in the demonstration and submitted a memorandum to district authorities.

Addressing mediapersons, Paras and Netra Pal Singh said Munni was in shackles for no crime or fault of hers. “Only those charged under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act are kept at the Protection Home. Munni was never charged or found indulging in immoral traffic,” Paras said.

“If she has committed a crime, send her to jail. If she is a mentally sick, she should be in a mental hospital. Why have they confined her to the protection home?” asked Singh.

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