Rafi has since been released on bail.
She wrote in a statement posted on Twitter: “In all the years when someone asked me where I see myself in 5 years, I would never respond to the word” prison “but here I am.” “When I was locked up in my cell, I wondered when to think that the most essential component of sustenance on the planet was mine like them had become a crime.”
Ravi’s arrest sparked the ire of prominent personalities including writer Mina Harris, the niece of US Vice President Kamala Harris, and several Indian politicians, who accused authorities of trying to intimidate and gag a young woman for speaking out.
The toolkit, which was not signed and publicly available on an encrypted sharing site, directed people to contact government representatives, exchange hashtags of solidarity on social media, participate in rallies and sign petitions. It made its appearance after Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg tweeted a link on February 4, crediting “people on the ground in India”.
However, his release appeared to anger the Indian authorities. On the same day of Thunbgerg’s tweet, Delhi Police announced that they would investigate the creators of the toolkit and would consider charging them with inciting sedition or inciting riots and criminal conspiracy as it called on followers to “wage an economic, social, cultural and regional war against India.”
Police in New Delhi have argued that the main purpose of the toolkit is “to mislead and discontent with the lawfully elected government.” Authorities accused Ravi, whose grandparents were farmers, of helping compose the document, which was not signed and made publicly available on an encrypted sharing site.
Historically, Indian farmers sold their goods at an auction in their state’s Agricultural Market Committee, where sellers were guaranteed to receive the minimum price that the government had at least agreed to. There were restrictions on who could buy, and prices for basic commodities were restricted.
New laws dismantled this system and instead allowed farmers to sell their goods to anyone at any cost.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has long been a supporter of free market reforms, argued that the new legislation would allow farmers to sell directly to buyers or to other countries without a middleman.
But many farmers say the changes will allow large companies to lower prices. While farmers can sell crops at higher prices if demand is there, many are concerned that they may struggle to meet the minimum price in years when supply is too much.