Srinagar, June 01, 2014 (PPI-OT): Illegally detained Kashmiris languishing in different jails of Kashmir under draconian, Public Safety Act (PSA) are denied access to lawyers and medical attention by law enforcing agencies, the US State Department has noted in its report.
The State Department in its ‘Executive Summary’ of ‘India 2013 Human Rights Report, says, “Police in JK routinely employ arbitrary detention and deny detainees, particularly the destitute, access to lawyers and medical attention,” the State Department said as was quoted by a Srinagar-based English newspaper.
Under the notorious Act, applicable only to JK, authorities can order detention of a person without charge or judicial review for as long as two years, the report adds.“During this time family members do not have access to the detainees,” the report states.
The authorities, the State Department report says citing reports of few non-governmental organizations, held political prisoners and temporarily detained more than 600 persons characterized as “separatists” under the Act between 2005 and 2012.
As many as 16329 persons have been booked under PSA across Kashmir since 1988, the report says quoting the authorities. Out of the total figure, almost 95 percent of PSAs have been slapped on people from Kashmir.
International human rights organizations have long been critical of the Act and have been calling for revocation of the lawless law. Amnesty International has accused armed forces in Kashmir of exploiting the Act.“A pattern has emerged of harassment, intimidation and deliberate disregard for the civil and political rights of those who are critical of the government,” the organization had said in one of its reports.
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