SHRC seeks report on arrest of DeM activists

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Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Thursdaydirected Deputy Commissioner Pulwa ma and Senior Superintendent of
Police (SSP) Pulwama to file detailed report about the recent arrest of seven Dukhtaran-e-Milat (DeM) activists at Pulwama on April 8.
The commission directed the concerned authorities to file the report by May 16.
“The seven DeM activists were arrested by police on April 8, 2018 when they were on way to the residence of Musavir Ahmed Wani who was killed in an encounter with the government forces on April 7 to express their sympathy and solidarity with the slain militant’s family,” a petition submitted before the commission by activist Ahsan Untoo said.
The petition sought thorough investigation in the case besides instant
release of the DeM activists as they had offered sympathies and condolences and “have not done any crime whatsoever”.
The petition reads that every individual has a right to express their feelings and offer sympathies and condolences as matter of right and liberty “but unfortunately the rule of the law is not being followed and anyone is arrested and kept behind bars”.
“Furthermore, the seven activists were brought handcuffed before Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Srinagar which is against the tenants of human rights. As per section 46 of criminal procedure code, 1973 which governs the arrest of women, it is specifically mentioned that women police officer shall by making a written report should obtain prior permission from first class judicial magistrate within whose jurisdiction the offence is committed or any arrest is being made but unfortunately no such procedure is followed or implemented,” the petition said.