SRINAGAR: Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) has expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health condition of its chairperson, Syeda Aasiya Andrabi, who is languishing in Jammu jail, and slammed government for “putting her life under grave risk”.
In a statement, DeM general secretary, Nahida Nasreen, said, “According to family members of Andrabi Sahiba and Sofi Fehmeeda (Aasiya’s aide), who had gone to Amphalla jail (Jammu) to meet them, the party chairperson has had a serious asthma attack recently and 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,” she said.
Nasren said dangerous levels of phlegm have accumulated inside her chest due to which Aasiya unable able to talk or breathe properly. “She hasn’t slept for the many nights and her condition is worsening with every passing day as no medical facility has been made available to her.”
She termed it a “clear case of political vengeance”, saying it seems that authorities want to kill Andrabi inside jail. “That is why despite being critically ill, government isn’t shifting her to Kashmir. Ideally, keeping in consideration her critical health condition, Andrabi Sahiba should be released but this government is so much frightened of this woman leader that it isn’t even shifting her to Kashmir,” she said.
Nasreen warned of serious repercussion if anything happens to party chairperson inside jail. She appealed the world bodies and international human rights organisations to take serious note of “how Indian authorities have illegally detained a woman under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) and how she was being denied proper medical care”.
“These organisations are also urged to take note of the Indian Supreme Court decision that detainees should be lodged in nearby jails, and how India was disrespecting the same when it comes to the detainees from Kashmir,” she said.
The DeM general secretary appealed to Ulema and Imaams of Masajids in Kashmir to raise the issue of “illegal” detention of Aasiya Andrabi and denial of medical facility to her, during the upcoming Friday prayers.
“They are also appealed to hold special prayers for her release and freedom from illegal Indian occupation,” Nasreen said.