‘Revolving door detentions’ under PSA continue in JK

Act Reapplied On 46 Persons In 2 Years


Srinagar, Dec 13: Notwithstanding growing criticism from rights bodies over the ‘revolving door detentions’ in Jammu and Kashmir under the controversial Public Safety Act, the Jammu and Kashmir Government has revealed that 46 persons were re-detained under the Act in the past two years after their detention was quashed by the High Court.
The State Home Department has divulged the information in response to a RTI application filed by prominent social activist, Irfan Hafiz Lone. The Department has stated that the PSA was re-slapped against 46 persons in 2011 and 2012 after the High Court quashed their detention. Pertinently, the years 2011 and 2012 were relatively peaceful in Kashmir when compared with the 2010 summer unrest, which led to detention of many youth under the PSA.
The PSA has been re-slapped against 39 persons in 2011 and seven persons in 2012, the information reveals.
The disclosure comes at a time when the state government repeatedly claims that it has “done away” with the harsher clauses of the Act by amending it. Pertinently, the law was amended in March this year but the rights activists rejected the Government claims, saying the “changes have failed to prevent misuse of the Act.”
In 2011, the Amnesty International in its report said that the authorities “consistently thwart high court orders for the release of improperly detained individuals by issuing successive detention orders.” “Many detainees are thus trapped in a cycle of detention,” the rights body said.
In its recently-released report, the AI also pulled up authorities for carrying out such detentions.
In its recent research, the Amnesty International found evidence that this practice is continuing. “The revolving door detentions are a way with which administrative detentions are used by police as an informal justice system and the regular criminal justice system is by-passed,” the AI stated. “The authorities use multiple detention orders to keep individuals in detention instead of charging and prosecuting individuals through the regular criminal justice system.”

Lastupdate on : Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 13 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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