Deliberate Denial of Justice Happens Only In IOK: Chief AI India

Srinagar, September 15 (Kashmir Voice): Head of Amnesty International India-chapter, Aakar Patel, has said that the deliberate denial of justice happens only in occupied Kashmir.
According to media sources, Aakar Patel, who is in Srinagar in an interview with leading Indian English daily, Hindustan Times, said the denial of justice happens across India and not just in Kashmir, but deliberate denial of justice happens only in Jammu and Kashmir. On current situation in Kashmir, Aakar Patel said, “There are things which create a feeling of a lack of justice among people…. For instance, AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Acts) has a mechanism – it’s called Section 7, wherein, if there is evidence against somebody from the armed forces of committing a crime, immunity can be lifted and that individual can be prosecuted in a civilian court.” He said, the process to be followed is that an FIR is to be registered, the police investigate the crime, a charge-sheet is filed, and the charge-sheet is sent to the Union government. He said that their research had found that since 1989, the Indian government had not replied to the puppet administration of occupied Kashmir even once in any of the cases it had sent. He said, Kashmir police continue to send these charge-sheets, and the Indian government does not respond. This is violation of constitutional law, Aakar Patel added. “Three things are happening here. First, the government of JK and the police of JK are undermined. Secondly, survivors and victims of these crimes do not know when they will get justice, and thirdly, it reinforces perception that people from these parts are being treated as a second class citizen, who cannot have any expectation of delivery of justice,” he said. Aakar Patel said, when you reward an army-man for kidnapping a citizen and violating his rights, putting him under threat, it is the worst kind of message you can send to people of Jammu and Kashmir. We are either ignorant or we are doing that deliberately to send a message – and both of those are very, very wrong, he added. KASHMIR VOICE
Aakar Patel, Head of Amnesty International India-chapter.
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JKLF Holds Protest in Srinagar against NIA Raids, Arrests

Srinagar, September 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) staged a protest in Maisuma area of Srinagar, today, against raids by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA).
According to media sources, scores of JKLF leaders and activists took out a protest from Maisuma after Friday prayers. They raised high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. The protesters were carrying banners and placards with messages like ‘Release all political prisoners’, ‘Stop NIA terrorism in Kashmir’ and ‘Stop killing of Muslims in Burma’. The JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, talking to mediamen in Srinagar demanded immediate release of illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists including Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Aasiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Merajuddin Kalwal, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Sarjan Barkati, Aaqib Ahmed, Bashir Ahmed Boya and Irfan Ahmed. He said that the Kashmiris’ liberation movement could not be suppressed through such cheap tactics and it would be taken to its logical end against all odds. Meanwhile, the spokesman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement in a statement in Srinagar condemned the house arrest of party Chairman Zafar Akbar Butt. KASHMIR VOICE
JKLF Protest

Lawyers’ Protest Harassment of Mian Qayoom by NIA

Srinagar, September 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, courts across Kashmir Valley remained deserted for the second successive day, today, due to a strike called by High Court Bar Association against its President, Mian Abdul Qayoom, once again being summoned by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with false charges leveled against him.
According to media sources, Mian Abdul Qayoom appeared before the NIA at its headquarters in New Delhi, yesterday. The NIA had summoned him again, today. “We have unanimously decided to continue the strike for the second day today against the harassment and mental torture of Advocate Qayoom for no reason,” a member of HCBA told mediamen in Srinagar. KASHMIR VOICE
Lawyers Protest

Never Seen People So Traumatized, Says Kashmir Psychiatrist

Srinagar, September 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Dr Arshad Hussain, a leading psychiatrist and associate professor, psychiatry at Government Medical College, Srinagar, has said that for the last one year there has been a steady supply of violent photos and videos from the territory.
According to media sources, Dr Arshad Hussain in a media interview in Srinagar said that he hadn’t seen such scared people in his practice of 17 years. He said this is the most traumatic period in Kashmir in at least the last two decades. He said in the patients that he’s getting, from the current, and more than a year long, spell of violence, he’s seeing intense fear of the sort he has not seen in his professional career. He said that it was in early 2000s that people started becoming aware that what they were suffering from called psychiatric issues and then there was this flood of patients. Dr Arshad Hussain said then post 2008 we again started seeing new patients, particularly, mothers of people who died in clashes. It was a period when the number of patients with mental health issues kept rising but now more psychiatrists were available. He said there is also a huge rise in the number of children who’re witnessing violence, who’re witnessing dead bodies. “Think of the restrictions that are placed on what children can see and hear on television. Because watching scenes of violence isn’t good for our children. Then imagine what children in Kashmir are going through day after day,” he added. KASHMIR VOICE

Friday Prayers Again Disallowed at Srinagar Jamia Masjid

Srinagar, September 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities did not allow congregational Juma prayers at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, today, on the second consecutive week, by sealing the area to prevent protests against the killing of two youth by Indian troops.
According to media sources, eyewitnesses told media that all roads leading to the historic mosque were sealed by rolls of concertina wires. No one was allowed to cross the barricades, they said. Hurriyat forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who was placed under house arrest, denounced the authorities’ move to disallow weekly congregational prayers. He termed the lockdown as a move to break the resolve of people in downtown Srinagar. “Time and again #JamaMasjid locked down, downtown people caged by the Govt raising the “law and order bogey”. Actually it reflects their paranoia of the fearlessness and courage of the people of downtown city whose resolve they cannot break (sic),” tweeted the Mirwaiz. Meanwhile, the Hurriyat forum spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly denounced the continued house detention of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and disallowing of Juma prayers at Jamia Masjid describing the actions ass frustration of the puppet authorities. He said that sauch shameful tactics could not weaken freedom sentiment of the Kashmiri people and they would continue their struggle till complete success. KASHMIR VOICE