On Twitter, India said that the allegations were ‘baseless and unwarranted’.
India has slammed the United Nations allegations of judicial harassment of journalist Rana Ayyub, calling them “baseless and unwarranted”. A tweet from India’s permanent representative at Geneva and other international organisations reiterated that the UN was “advancing a misleading narrative”.
Allegations of so-called judicial harassment are baseless & unwarranted. India upholds the rule of law, but is equally clear that no one is above the law.— India at UN, Geneva (@IndiaUNGeneva) February 21, 2022
We expect SRs to be objective & accurately informed. Advancing a misleading narrative only tarnishes @UNGeneva’s reputation https://t.co/3OyHq4HncD
The statement came after the UN called for an investigation into “relentless misogynistic and sectarian attacks online” against journalist Rana Ayyub and an end to her “judicial harassment”. According to NDTV, the UN’s special rapporteurs had said the attacks against Ayyub were “a result of her reporting on issues affecting minority Muslims in the country, her criticism of the government for its handling of the pandemic and her comments on the recent ban on hijabs in schools and colleges in Karnataka”.
Relentless misogynistic and sectarian attacks online against journalist @RanaAyyub must be promptly and thoroughly investigated by the #Indian 🇮🇳 authorities and the judicial harassment against her brought to an end at once, stress @UN_SPExperts. https://t.co/scIURjpOdn pic.twitter.com/5jzUWA4V48— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) February 21, 2022
Earlier this month, the enforcement directorate had locked Ayyub’s assets worth over Rs 1.77 crore after an FIR had been registered, alleging that Ayyub acquired money from the public in the name of charity. The UN called these “baseless allegations”, while Ayyub had issued a detailed statement saying they were “preposterous, wholly mala fide and belied by record”.
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