//‘For anything and everything, Draconian UAPA being slapped in Kashmir

‘For anything and everything, Draconian UAPA being slapped in Kashmir

The anti-terror law is being frequently invoked against protestors.

Safwat Zargar

Apr 09, 2021 · 06:30

‘For anything and everything’: UAPA cases are rising in Kashmir
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On the morning of February 5, a grieving father led a protest march through a village in Kashmir’s Pulwama district, asking for his teenage son’s body.

The police claimed 16-year-old Ather Mushtaq was among three militants killed in a gunfight in Srinagar on December 30. But his father, Mushtaq Ahmad Wani, rejected the claim. “My son was not a militant,” he said. “I just want his dead body, nothing else.”

The expansion of police powers under the UAPA has come with a rise in the number of cases across India. Data provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs in the Lok Sabha revealed over 72% increase in the number of arrests made under UAPA in 2019 as compared to 2015. In 2019, Jammu and Kashmir had registered the third highest number of UAPA cases among all Indian states.

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