‘At times, without mamma, I feel desperate,’ says daughter of jailed lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj

Maaysha, 21, talks about life without her mother, who has been arrested in connection with caste violence in Bhima Koregaon last year.

The Indian state is bereft of emotion. This was made even more obvious when lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj was arrested on August 28 in connection with caste violence in Maharashtra’s Bhima Koregaon village on New Year’s day last year. Nine other prominent human rights have been arrested for the same incident. Bharadwaj’s arrest separated her from her 21-year-old daughter Maaysha, who could not sleep or stop crying for the first 14 days.

The authorities claim that the detained activists are “urban Naxalites”, who aimed to engineer “frequent protests and chaos [which] will gradually lead to a breakdown of law and order, and this will have significant political ramification in the coming months”.ADVERTISEMENT

Bharadwaj was initially under house arrest but was sent to jail on October 28.

In a lengthy interview with Scroll.in, Maaysha Bharadwaj described her pain, how she has coped with it and what it is to live with an activist mother. Read more…