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We Are From Humble Background, Farmers: Disha’s Mother

Syed Sujeel Ahmed | India Tomorrow

Bengaluru– Three days after the arrest of environment activist Disha Ravi under sedition and other charges for sharing a toolkit in connection with farmers protest, her mother Manjula spoke to select media houses on Tuesday.

While speaking to The New Indian Express, she said, “My daughter is innocent. She has not done any wrong.” It is reported that she has been advised by Disha’s lawyer not to speak to media and divulge more details on the arrest of her daughter.

Manjula said that her family is from a humble and farming background and that Disha had seen the ups and downs of agriculture from close quarters, thus she got attracted and concerned about environment related issues.  

According to reports, her family and relatives had gone through losses due to droughts and floods and she has witnessed the struggle of farmers during such times. It was after this that when she was 19, she took to understanding of climate change and activism.

Manjula was concerned about the health of her daughter and said, “I just want my daughter to return home safe, and don’t want to say anything that might go against her.”

Disha has completed her BBA from Mount Carmel College in Bengaluru. The family has been living in Bengaluru’s Abbigere area and moved here from Old Mysuru some 13 years back.

Meanwhile, support for Disha has been growing steadily as protests and online petitions are soaring up daily. Several protests were held in the city since her arrest. On Monday, historian Ramchandra Guha participated in a protest and also All India Students Association (AISA) held a protest. On Tuesday, NSUI took out a protest demanding immediate release of the activist.  

Congress leaders D.K Shivakumar and former Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah condemned the arrest and questioned how come supporting farmers amounts to sedition?

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