Attack on Caravan Journalists: The Kerala Union of Working Journalists condemns attack, urges Delhi Police to act

14 August 2020

On 11 August 2020, three journalists working with The Caravan—Shahid Tantray, Prabhjit Singh and a woman journalist—were beaten, subjected to communal slurs, threatened with murder, and sexually harassed, while reporting in Subhash Mohalla, in northeast Delhi.

The Kerala Union of Working Journalists released a statement condemning the attack on the journalists and demanded immediate action. The statement is reproduced below. Read The Caravan’s report on the attack here.

Thiruvananthapuram : The Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) condemned the attack on three journalists of The Caravan magazine, including a female journalist, in Delhi. The journalists who were attacked, have been working to unravel the conspiracy behind the Delhi riots which happened in February 2020. Shahid Tantray, Prabhjit Singh and the female journalist were attacked while they were taking photographs of saffron flags that had been put up in the area. The mob was led by a person wearing saffron kurta and who identified himself as BJP General secretary, according to a press statement by The Caravan. The assault on the journalists started when one of them were identified as a Muslim. Besides being attacked, one among the attackers exposed his private parts to the female journalist. Though a complaint was filed with the police, the FIR was not regis- tered. It is highly condemnable that no action has been taken in the assault of journalists, including a woman, in the national capital. Delhi Police, which is under the direct control of the Ministry of Home Affairs, should immediately take action, KUWJ State President KP Reji and General Secretary ES Subhash said in a statement. 

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