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Return of Political Normalcy?

March 26, 2020 |

The entire world has been overwhelmed by the novel coronavirus and Kashmir is no exception. However, amid the gloom and despair, there are positive signs of political normalcy returning to the landlocked region. After political stalwart and National Conference’s Lok Sabha member from Srinagar Dr Farooq Abdullah, authorities have set free his son and former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah, nearly eight months after the central government revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the erstwhile state into two union territories. Soon after his release, Omar demanded that all the other political detainees including another former chief chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti should also be set free. According to official data presented in the parliament by the central government during the recent budget session, of more than 8000 people detained post August 5 move, over 400 continue to remain in custody. Many of them have been slapped with the draconian Public Safety Act, a draconian legislation described by the Amnesty International as a ‘lawless law’ which allows authorities to detain a person without trail for up to two years. Among these detainees are young boys, held on charges of stone throwing, and separatist leaders who have been booked under the terror funding case. These detainees are languishing in different jails of the country and their family members have been traumatised by the prolonged separation from their loved ones. Most of them belong to poor families and some of them have been forced to beg in order to collect enough money to visit them in distant parts of the country. According to experts, this is only going to aggravate the mental health crisis in Kashmir where one in four persons suffers from stress-related disorder according to a survey by Action Aid International. The concerns of these families have only mounted in recent days and weeks after the coronavirus epidemic started taking the world by a storm. At this point in time, when people across the world are using solidarity as a weapon to fight the COVID-19 wrath, the Jammu and Kashmir administration needs to review these detentions on humane grounds. The fact of the matter is that the situation has improved vastly since the August 5 decision. There is neither energy nor the will among the people to hit the streets. That a virus is threatening the existence of human race is ample proof that people are looking for calm in these tense times. Given these facts, the administration must review these detentions which will act as a huge confidence building measure for people of the alienated Valley.

 

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Return of Political Normalcy?

March 26, 2020 |

The entire world has been overwhelmed by the novel coronavirus and Kashmir is no exception. However, amid the gloom and despair, there are positive signs of political normalcy returning to the landlocked region. After political stalwart and National Conference’s Lok Sabha member from Srinagar Dr Farooq Abdullah, authorities have set free his son and former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah, nearly eight months after the central government revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the erstwhile state into two union territories. Soon after his release, Omar demanded that all the other political detainees including another former chief chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti should also be set free. According to official data presented in the parliament by the central government during the recent budget session, of more than 8000 people detained post August 5 move, over 400 continue to remain in custody. Many of them have been slapped with the draconian Public Safety Act, a draconian legislation described by the Amnesty International as a ‘lawless law’ which allows authorities to detain a person without trail for up to two years. Among these detainees are young boys, held on charges of stone throwing, and separatist leaders who have been booked under the terror funding case. These detainees are languishing in different jails of the country and their family members have been traumatised by the prolonged separation from their loved ones. Most of them belong to poor families and some of them have been forced to beg in order to collect enough money to visit them in distant parts of the country. According to experts, this is only going to aggravate the mental health crisis in Kashmir where one in four persons suffers from stress-related disorder according to a survey by Action Aid International. The concerns of these families have only mounted in recent days and weeks after the coronavirus epidemic started taking the world by a storm. At this point in time, when people across the world are using solidarity as a weapon to fight the COVID-19 wrath, the Jammu and Kashmir administration needs to review these detentions on humane grounds. The fact of the matter is that the situation has improved vastly since the August 5 decision. There is neither energy nor the will among the people to hit the streets. That a virus is threatening the existence of human race is ample proof that people are looking for calm in these tense times. Given these facts, the administration must review these detentions which will act as a huge confidence building measure for people of the alienated Valley.

 


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Legal Advisor: M.J. Hubi
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Published from: Gulshanabad Chraresharief Budgam
RNI No.: JKENG/2010/33802
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Postal Regd No: SK/135/2010-2019
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