Jamia Students Ayesha and Ladeeda Send Legal Notices to OpIndia over Defamation

Student activists Ladeeda Farzana (left) and Aysha Renna. — File photo

They say the reports published in the ultra right-wing news portal are defamatory to them and their well-wishers; they have sought an apology and compensation of Rs 50 lakh

Clarion India

NEW DELHI – Two prominent student activists from Jamia Millia Islamia, Aysha Renna and Ladeeda Farzana, have sent legal notices to OpIndia, a ultra right-wing news portal, allegedly for defaming them by linking their names with February’s Delhi riots.

Both the activists are known for their bravery after their video of resisting police violence went viral in December last year during anti-CAA protests at the Jamia.

In their notices, they have said that the reports published in OpIndia are defamatory to them and their well-wishers and asked news portal to apologise as also pay Rs 50 lakh in compensation.

OpIndia has previously been accused of peddling fake news against opposition politicians, activists and communities.

The notices say it seems OpIndia is deliberately causing trouble to the two students who emerged as the faces of the anti-CAA movement. The reports are branding them as anti-nationals, extremists and terrorists who instigated Delhi riots, they said.

The notices sent through lawyer Amin Hassan K to the outlet mentions excerpts from the reports which the duo felt were defamatory in nature. The notices give different instances since December 2019 when OpIndia ran news stories maligning Renna and Farzana.

Invoking section 499 of the Indian law, the notices charge OpIndia of being defamatory against the duo and asks it to tender an apology within seven days and also pay the penalty.

“You and your properties are liable for the said claim and you are directed to pay the said amount within 7 days from the receipt of this notice and also tender an unconditional apology to my client and withdraw the Facebook post unconditionally,” the legal notice read of Farzana states.

As the news of the defamation notices spread, Indian American Author Aatish Taseer took to Twitter suggesting her mother Tavleen Singh, a columnist, to follow the steps of  two Jamia students.

 Last year, Modi government cancelled Taseer’s indian residency card  “in retribution” for his criticism of Modi which included a damning cover story in Time Magazine titled “Divider In Chief”.
The mother son duo face a lot of trolling from Modi’s supporters on social media.


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