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Ladeeda Farzana, Jamia Millia Islamia student who became the face of police violence in Delhi has served a legal notice to OpIndia for defamation on September 1, 2020.

In her tweet where she posted a copy of the legal notice, she wrote, “It’s been quite long since OpIndia, an RSS machinery has been spearheading hate campaigns throughout”. She said that now it is time for legal retaliation against these forces of fascism.

The legal notice posted by Ladeeda Farzana pointed out that OpIndia’s dishonesty in reporting news is evident, but their articles have been circulated widely across the country and have caused damage to her reputation and mental agony.

OpIndia has posted multiple articles, suggesting that Jamia students had doctored evidence of police violence or circulated staged videos. OpIndia especially targeted Ladeeda Farzana and Aysha Renna for the viral video where they protected a male senior from lathis of the police. In an article titled “Delhi violence started after Ladeeda’s call to Jihad on 11th December, now, she has another message ahead of Ram Mandir Bhoomi Pujan”, they called her a “radical islamist” whose “calls for Jihad” caused the anti-Muslim pogroms in Delhi in February this year.

All of these articles are gross misrepresentations of the events as publicly documented. Numerous pieces of evidence, including pictures, CCTV footage, and witness accounts have shown the massive police brutality that took place against students of Jamia after protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act were held by the students. Ladeeda was one of many such students who encountered police violence, and remained at the forefront of the anti-CAA-NRC movement. The Delhi pogrom against Muslims was also triggered by a speech by BJP Leader Kapil Mishra who called for the forceful removal of anti-CAA-NRC protestors from a sit-in protest in Jafrabad.

Ahead of Ram Mandir Bhoomi Pujan, Ladeeda had posted a picture of the Babri Masjid, and captioned it “Insha Allah. Never forget, Never forgive. Izzhath”. This caption referred to the unlawful demolition of the Babri Masjid by Hindutva mobs, the land on which the Bhoomi Poojan took place, while the verdict on the demolition case had still not been made.

Ladeeda, in her legal notice, has demanded an unconditional apology from OpIndia and a compensation of 50 lakh rupees to be paid within one week, failing which, she will initiate legal action against the media platform.


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