Amnesty urges release of Kashmiri teenage
31 October, 2012
SRINAGAR: The Amnesty International has urged the authorities in occupied Kashmir to immediately release the 18-year-old youth detained under black law, Public Safety Act (PSA) in Srinagar.
A team of the human rights watchdog in a statement issued in Srinagar said, "A local court has found the charges against Muhammad Mubarakh Butt, 18, of Srinagar unworthy and ordered his release on bail on October 1. The court has also said Butt should not have been subjected to custodial interrogation,” the statement reads.
"Instead of releasing him on bail, Butt was detained for another three days, and on October 4, the authorities issued an administrative detention order under the PSA to detain him, and transferred him to Kotbalwal Jail in Jammu,” Amnesty added.
"This case is just one of many examples that shows how the Jammu and Kashmir authorities use the PSA as informal punishment and subvert the criminal justice system,” the statement quotes Shashikumar Velath, Director Programs, Amnesty International India as having said.
"We want the authority to know that we are watching them, and we are listening to the people who need us to support the defence of their rights,” the statement added.