Repealing of PSA: Three member Amnesty team meets Bar Association

Repealing of PSA: Three member Amnesty team meets Bar Association

Srinagar: Calling for an immediate end to arbitrary arrests and repeal of the controversial Public Safety Act (PSA) in Jammu and Kashmir, international human rights watchdog- Amnesty International on Friday said the state government has been using PSA to create a parallel or informal criminal justice system.

Three member Amnesty team headed by Chief Executive G.Anantha Padmanabha met Kashmir Bar Association on Friday. The team met had two meetings with lawyers that were held in both High Court and Lower Court.

Amnesty team is running a campaign in favour of repealing PSA and other draconian Acts like AFSPA. “During the meeting the Bar Association members apprised the team about the current situation in Kashmir while the team agreed upon that PSA is being slapped on minor in Kashmirs,” Advocate G.N.Shaheen told CNS.

During the meeting the Bar Association members said that Jammu and Kashmir authorities are using PSA detentions as a revolving door to keep people they cannot or won’t convict through proper legal channels locked up and out of circulation.

The team maintained that the government must put an end to arbitrary arrests and repeal PSA as soon as possible.

The team is expected to meet the families of those youth on which PSA have been slapped recently. (CNS)

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