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2 Kashmiris get life sentence after 10 years’ incarcination

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JAVAID MALIK

Kolkata court awarding lifer to two Kashmiri youth has once again come as a rude shock for the people of this strife torn Valley. It seems life imprisonment is the minimum sentence reserved for Kashmiris all over India. Despite  Sheikh Imran and Sheikh Farhat spending 10-years in jail, they have been awarded  lifers.  During the recent past definition of the life sentence has been changing fast in India, for some it is 14 years while for a few others it means life time. The least both these Kashmiri youth can hope is that sentence awarded to them doesn’t exceed 14-years.
According to media reports police had arrested Sheikh Imran of Karfali Mohalla and Sheikh Farhat of Bemina in 2003. They were later taken to Kolkata where a case was lodged against them under Arms Act. Both of them then aged 17 and 22 respectively were lodged in Kolkata Central Jail and are languishing there for the past decade. Their parents have been fighting for justice for the past 10-years. But all their efforts have gone in vain as the verdict has been announced and now they would have to approach a Higher Court with an appeal. Soon after the verdict came mainstream and separatist camp cutting across the ideologies, condemned it. One needs to ask the leaders from both the camps when parents of these two Kashmiris were fighting to seek justice and prove innocence of their wards why didn’t they come forward and help them? For that matter High Court Bar Association too could have provided legal aid to these two sons of the soil. Lawyers announced that they would go on one day strike against the verdict. One wonders how it would help Imran and Farhat?
If Kashmiri leadership and the powerful lawyers’ body really want to do something for these two youth then they should help their parents to file their respective appeals in a Higher Court. If all of us believe that both of them are innocent then we should leave no stone unturned to prove their innocence. Kashmiri lawyers need to come forward and plead their cases and ensure that they get the best possible legal aid. It is high time for people of Kashmir to wake up and realize that they are being “persecuted” not only in JK but in other states also. Recently the famous Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt was given six years imprisonment after being tried under Arms Act, why Imran and Farhat were awarded life sentences despite they being booked under the same act, is a million dollar question which the judges who announced the verdict only can answer?    
Kashmiris being under scanner throughout India and they being looked upon as suspects has proved one thing that they are not safe anywhere. They can be picked up and booked, and convicted without being given a chance to defend themselves. One hopes that Kashmiri lawyers in this hour of need come forward and take up the cases of the Kashmiris who are languishing in various jails across India. Kashmir as a nation has to get its act right at this crucial juncture and save more Kashmiris from facing the persecution.
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Lastupdate on : Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 20 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST




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