My heart is my first court, there I am innocent: Siddique Kappan

16 February 2023

The journalist Siddique Kappan was arrested, on 5 October 2020, while travelling from Delhi to report on the gang rape of a Dalit woman in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh. He was charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, among other stringent laws. After being released on 2 February, having spent almost twenty-eight months in jail, he gave his version of events to The Caravan.

Amrita Singh: How do you feel after being incarcerated for over two years?

Siddique Kappan: Right now, I am happy. I was arrested for doing something good as a reporter, not because of any other problem. A woman was subjected to abuse. This happens routinely in UP, but I was interested in this case because the police had forcefully cremated her. Because of this, I felt a doubt: why was the police so interested in hiding this incident? I went to report on that. The police and government’s allegation was that I went to incite a riot, to increase enmity between communities.

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    Shahid Tantray is a multimedia reporter at The Caravan. He tweets at @shahidtantray

    Amrita Singh is an assistant editor at The Caravan.

    Keywords: siddique kappan Hathras Uttar Pradesh Police Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act