Seven human rights defenders and fifty other participants in a peaceful protest marking World Water Day were violently arrested in New Delhi, on 22 March 2007.
The protestors were arrested at the Planning Commission Office where they had requested an appointment with the Deputy Chair of the Planning Commission. Members of the police and Rapid Action Force reportedly used excessive force to arrest the protestors, which resulted in the tearing of some of the female protestors' clothes. The protestors were then taken to the Parliament Police Station where they were told to sign blank arrest memos. All of the male protestors and only two of the female protestors were presented before the judicial magistrate that evening, and were remanded in custody until 5 April 2007. The women were then taken to Chanakyapuri Police Station before they were all transferred to Tihar jail 23 March.