SRINAGAR: Chairman JKLF Muhammad Yasin Malik on Saturday said the imposition of arbitrary laws such as Public Safety Act (PSA) on a differently-abled person is a glaring example of “mental bankruptcy of so-called rulers”.
Malik said, “How can a man who is not able to walk two steps on his feet be implicated in stone-pelting cases and sent to jail on PSA?”
Terming the repeated PSA booking of Tanveer Ahmad Waar, son of Muhammad Shaban Waar of Old Town, Baramulla, as a brazen act of “hardheartedness” of the authorities, the JKLF chairman said on November 27, he himself was arrested and shifted to Central Jail, Srinagar, where he saw a differently-abled person walking on sticks. “I thought he may be in jail for some civil case. I was informed by other inmates that the person was not in jail for some domestic or civil case but for being involved with the resistance movement,” he said in a statement.
Malik said he met this person who revealed a “horrific tale” of torture and apathy that he had had to endure at the hands of the police and other forces for the last year. “This differently-abled person told me that he is handicapped from birth and was taken into custody by police on 21 September 2016 on charges of pelting stones and despite being handicapped he was severely tortured in police custody,” the statement quoted Malik as saying.
“After about two months of illegal confinement, he (Waar) was slapped with PSA and sent to jail. He challenged PSA in High Court, which quashed his PSA and ordered his release, but police suddenly slapped another PSA on him and shifted him to Kot Bhalwal Jail from where he has now been shifted to Central Jail, Srinagar, and is languishing there.”
Malik said after hearing this tale of torture, no sane person can accept such kind of apathy and shamelessness, but the “so-called rulers and their police have stooped so low that they neither are able to see any differently-abled person nor feel any shame in sending an ailing person to jail from a hospital bed”.
“We want to ask (the) shameless rulers and their oppressive police and civil administration that how a person, who moves with the help of sticks, can throw stones on forces,” he said.
The JKLF chief has appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Amnesty International, Asia Watch and other international human rights organisations to take note of “these gruesome acts of human rights abuses”.
“It is the responsibility of these organisations to take note of these atrocities and take steps to save innocent people from the wrath of Indian oppression,” Malik said.