A Kashmiri woman named Hina Bashir Beigh & her husband Jahanzaib Sami Wani from Shivpora in Srinagar were arrested in New Delhi, India last March for alleged associations with a terrorist group & for ‘instigating protests’ against the Citizenship Amendment Act legitimizing persecution of Indian Muslims.
The couple remains in custody at Tihar Prison in New Delhi. Hina Bashir Beg has just tested positive for corona & her lawyer has petitioned the court to get her moved to a hospital. Is a court order required to get medical care for a political prisoner who is a corona victim? Does she remain among the other prisoners whilst contagious with corona? This only highlights the demand that all political prisoners receive proper medical care & be immediately released to contain the pandemic.
(Photo of Hina & Jahanzaib from Kashmir Life)