Srinagar: The ruling PDP-BJP government has booked ailing Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi and her aide Faheemda Sofi under Public Safety Act, the act described as a “lawless law” by the Amnesty International.
Nahida Nasreen, general secretary of the DeM, an all women organisation, told Kashmir Reader that the “so called authorities have ordered the detention of Asiya Andrabi and Fahmeeda Sofi under the draconian PSA”.
She said that government has ordered shifting the two to Kotbalwal Jail in Jammu, in contravention of the Supreme Court of India’s orders, directing lodging of a detainee close to his or her home. Presently, both of them are lodged in women’s police station Rambagh.
A severe asthma patient, Asiya Andrabi, was recently put on oxygen in the police lockup. She also suffers from arthritis.
Asiya and Sofi have been detained many a times under PSA in the past. The high court has on all the occasions quashed the detention orders and ordered their release. The fresh grounds of detention could not be ascertained immediately.
Last week, Kashmir High Court Bar Association, strongly condemned the detention of Asiya and Sofi claiming that the “life of both is in danger in police station Rambagh”.
“She was taken to Chest Disease hospital Srinagar where doctors advised the police to admit her in the hospital because she needs to be put on oxygen. Instead, police brought her back to Police Station Rambagh where she has been lodged in an unhygienic conditions allowing dust and dirt to enter her room. It causes trouble to her and puts her life in danger,” the lawyers’ body had said.