Srinagar: The government has once again slapped the Public Safety Act (PSA) against Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chairperson Syeda Asiya Andrabi and her personal secretary Sofi Fehmeeda.
Asiya, a mother of two, is serving detention along with her aide in Jammu’s Amphalla Jail, which has taken a toll on her health, the DeM said.
“As the previous PSA expired on August 15, a fresh PSA was slapped against Asiya and Sofi Fehmeeda on Thursday,” said a DeM statement.
The duo was booked under PSA and lodged in Amphalla Jail on May 15, and their lodgement has now been further extended, the statement added.
The statement said, quoting DeM general secretary Nahida Nasreen, “The fresh PSA was slapped at a time when the party chairperson’s health condition is extremely critical.”
The statement further quoted Nasreen as saying, “The government is resorting to extremely oppressive measures against the ailing woman leader. Isn’t this a clear proof that the government is hell-bent on making this family suffer? There cannot be a worse example of political vengeance than this.”
The fresh PSA was slapped a few days after Asiya’s health deteriorated.
The DeM quoted Asiya and Fehmeeda’s family members, who had gone to Amphalla Jail to meet them, as saying that the party chairperson had had a “serious asthma attack and (that) no medical facility has been provided to her”.
“The recent asthma attack, caused due to unhygienic conditions inside the jail premises and due to denial of medical care, has taken a serious toll on the health of Andrabi Sahiba,” the DeM said.
“Because of the attack, dangerous levels of phlegm have accumulated inside her chest, due to which she isn’t able to talk or breathe properly. She hasn’t slept for the past many nights and her condition is worsening with every passing day as no medical facility has been made available to her since May 18, the day she was lodged in the Ambphalla Jail,” the statement issued by the DeM said.
Born in 1962, Asiya is a science graduate and wife of incarcerated Ashiq Hussain Faktoo alias Muhammad Qasim.