The conflict over a toolkit

In February, the Delhi police had arrested 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi on allegations that she had contributed to a toolkit that contained information on how to support the Indian farmers’ protest.

The toolkit came into the limelight when Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg tweeted the document, voicing her support for the ongoing farm protest in India. Ravi was kept in police custody for 10 days and was granted bail on Feb. 23 after the court in its order said that the creation of a WhatsApp group or editing a toolkit is not an offense.

World over, digital toolkits are used for exchanging information and creating awareness on sensitive issues. For instance, during the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests in the US last year, several toolkits were doing rounds educating protestors about their rights and the ways to register dissent.

Similarly, various toolkits have been created to raise awareness about social issues such as racism and gender equality.

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