Amnesty urges CM to intervene in PSA cases

New Delhi, May 17: Human rights watch dog, Amnesty International has urged Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to issue an order directing authorities to stop the practice of ‘revolving door detentions’, and not use the PSA to repeatedly detain the same individual on similar grounds.
“PSA detention records maintained by the J&K Ministry of Home Affairs must be publicly accessible, especially to spouses and close family members and legal representatives assigned and agreed by detained persons,” said Amnesty in a statement urging chief minister to intervene.
Citing case in March 2013, when three boys under the age of 18 were detained under the PSA, despite a 2012 amendment to the Act that prohibited the detention of anyone under 18.
“Two of the boys were immediately transferred to a jail in Jammu, where they remain in detention. Their parents were not informed. Family members have a right to know where their loved ones are being held, but the police in J&K regularly transfer individuals to jails far from their homes without informing the families or lawyers,” it said.
“Under the PSA people are held without charge or trial, for months and sometimes years. This has not changed in essence despite the amendments in 2012.”
“Another boy, just 15 years old, was first arrested under ordinary criminal law in March 2013. But when a court ordered his release on bail, the police detained him under the PSA. The authorities use repeated detention, called “revolving door detention,” in J&K to circumvent the criminal justice system and keep individuals behind bars.”
“This situation cannot continue; the PSA directly allows arbitrary detention, and indirectly facilitates torture, ill-treatment and other human rights violations at the hands of police authorities, in breach of India’s human rights obligations. One of the ways to help end these violations is to repeal the PSA once and for all, and stop new legislation that would facilitate further human rights violations by the police,” the statement added.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 17 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 17 May 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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