It was a chilly night on January 30. I was there to report on a mob attack on farmers at the Singhu border, which had taken place the day before. Suddenly, I found myself being dragged to the lock-up by police. They were beating me with batons all along the way. Shortly after my arrest, a video of “police atrocity on a journalist” went viral on social media.
It was not the first time during the movement that journalists had to endure lathi blows, tear-gas shells and manhandling. Many journalists had to face such treatment from the men in khaki. There are many people who try to defend the aggression meted out by police on protestors during the movement, with loaded words like “law and order”. It is true that one of the central features of democracy is upholding of the rule of law. However, it often exists as a governing principle on official papers, while the ground reality is completely different.