Nine-year-old climate activist Licypriya Kangujam said she was detained by the Delhi Police for protesting outside Parliament House against the rising air pollution levels in the Capital.
Along with Kangujam Aarav Seth, a 12-year-old boy, who was demonstrating with Kangujam was also allegedly detained.
In a series of tweets from her account that is managed by her guardians, Kangujam said she and Seth were detained from the protest site for over 40 minutes. She said the police had also called in Central Industrial Security Force personnel to take them.
The activist said they were escorted in a police vehicle to an unspecified location. “They took her somewhere but we couldn’t trace her,” said a tweet by her handle.
Kangujam said that after her release, the police gave her a last warning and told her that she would be arrested the next time if she held demonstrations there.
Kangujam said her detention was illegal. “Under what law, how a nine years old kid can be arrested or detained? It is illegal detention,” she tweeted. The nine-year-old said she would continue to hold protests. “This is my right to raise the voice to give us clean air to breathe,” she added. “If I don’t tell to our leaders then to whom I should tell? My demand is for them too.”
Later they released me. They given me last warning to arrest if protested again there.
But I will go & protest again.
This is my right to raise the voice to give us clean air to breathe. If I don’t tell to our leaders then to whom I should tell? My demand is for them too.
— Licypriya Kangujam (@LicypriyaK) October 18, 2020