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VHP appeals to NHRC, NCW against Pragya's arrest

November 10, 2008 15:40 IST

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Sunday moved the National Human Rights Commission and the National Commission for Women, challenging the 'illegal arrest' of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in the Malegaon blast case.

Punjab VHP spokesman Vijay Singh [Images] Bhardwaj moved the petition against the Maharashtra government and the Anti Terrorist Squad, accusing them of arresting Pragya without 'any proper investigation'.

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Bhardwaj, who was accompanied by Arvind Thakur, chairperson of an NGO Global Human Rights Council, told reporters that Pragya's arrest was a result of political vendetta.

They claimed that the Sadhvi's fundamental rights like gender equality and right to life and liberty had been violated.

"Just on the basis of the recovery of a motorcycle at the place of incident, which was owned by her many years ago, she (Pragya) has been arrested, which amounts to a clear violation of her rights," the duo said.

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The petition further states that no one should be subjected, without his or her consent, to medical and scientific experimentation. The VHP claimed that Pragya had undergone more than 36 scientific tests, including three narco tests.

"All tests were conducted on Pragya by putting pressure on her, besides the threats by the Maharashtra government and the ATS," they alleged.

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Thakur said that their petition had been accepted by the NHRC and the NCW.

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