“Pack of lies”: Disha Ravi family lawyers dismiss social media claims about activist’s religion

A panel of lawyers being consulted by the family of arrested activist Disha A Ravi have dismissed as “a pack of lies” claims, made by some social media handles, that the local weather activist is a Christian from Kerala.

“A pack of lies is being unfold on social media by trolls. There isn’t any fact in it,” stated R Prasanna, an advocate who’s amongst a gaggle of lawyers being consulted by the family. “What does it matter what her identify is – she is a woman with a conscience,” stated a senior advocate who is an element of the panel advising the family of the activist.

Disha Annappa Ravi is from a Lingayat family, one of the advocates stated, her mom Manjula Nanjaiah and father Ravi Annappa have roots in farming.

In an interview final yr with US writer Gayle Kimball—as half of a sequence on Gen Z woman local weather activists—Disha Ravi had acknowledged that she was an atheist and that she didn’t observe any religion like her dad and mom did. She additionally stated that her dad and mom have been supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP authorities on the Centre whereas she disagreed with the insurance policies of the federal government.

Within the interview, Disha Ravi acknowledged that she grew to become conscious of points regarding the atmosphere and farmers early in her life from discussions in her family about the depletion of groundwater in locations in south Karnataka.

“The giant help that Disha has obtained has been a supply of hope for the family. They’ve been suggested to not converse to the media or touch upon the deserves of the case towards Disha till a clearance is given by the lawyers,” an advocate within the panel advising the family stated.

Disha’s dad and mom, who stay in numerous cities, have rallied collectively to hunt assist for his or her solely daughter since her arrest on February 13 by the Delhi Particular Police. “Many lawyers in Delhi and different locations have come ahead to supply assist in combating the case for the family,” an advocate stated.

In the meantime, a collective of youths engaged in environmental safety campaigns have come out in help of Disha Ravi.

“As volunteer-based collectives with no formal organizational setups, our members are scattered far and huge and infrequently work independently. Since we don’t work in workplaces we rely on totally different technological instruments that assist individuals located in numerous geographical areas to work collectively. Toolkits are one such software of the numerous that’s used typically,” the atmosphere youth collective has acknowledged. “They (toolkits) are additionally utilized by numerous totally different teams, firms, institutes and so on to systematize their work. And that’s all {that a} toolkit is,” the collective has stated in an announcement.

Particular person members of atmosphere safety collectives – some who’re as younger as 11 years outdated – have grow to be fearful of talking out in help of Disha Ravi following her arrest.

“Can anybody please let me know what’s seditious in that toolkit?” a Fridays For Future India volunteer has requested on social media.

“To indicate that toolkits are some conspiracy gizmos utilized by overseas forces to destabilize India is as silly because the ‘cow was kidnapped by aliens’ garbage. This controversy is baseless and has no benefit,” the youth collective of atmosphere activists has acknowledged.

“We’re all half of a big community of voluntary, non funded youth based mostly collectives. We work on numerous consciousness initiatives on local weather change and environmental degradation that’s occurring throughout India. As half of this collective, we’ve got been actively supporting the farmers’ protests – as a result of it’s our perception that agriculture and the atmosphere are deeply interlinked points,” they stated.

“We all know Ms Disha is a member of this huge collective community. We all know her to be an individual of immense integrity who has nothing however the nation’s greatest pursuits at coronary heart. She, like us, is invested on this work that we do as a result of she is aware of and understands the severity and seriousness of the local weather disaster all of us discover ourselves in,” the collective has acknowledged. “Like all different volunteers, she additionally has been collaborating in numerous totally different campaigns to attract consideration to this local weather disaster. We’re positive that her social media and private gear which were confiscated will replicate nothing aside from the immense concern that she, like us, has for this world. We’re due to this fact, evidently, extraordinarily anxious about her security and nicely being,” the collective has stated.

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