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Dr Thokchom Meinya A Lok Sabha Member of Indian Parliament, Dr. Thokchom Meinya on Tuesday raised the issue of repealing the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in the Parliament. The MP said that the AFSPA is “redundant, infamous, inhumane and most importantly terrifying” to all the people in the troubled torn Northeast and Jammu and Kashmir. He informed the house that the latest causality is the Arunachal Pradesh. Out of 19 districts, 12 districts, which cover almost two-third territory of the State have been declared disturbed under this “infamous and notorious” Act, said Meinya, informing that even the Arunachal

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Ten days after a special law protecting army personnel from prosecution was promulgated in new areas  of Arunachal Pradesh, 12 soldiers have been accused of groping and sexually harassing three women in the state’s most populous district. The act raises fears of a new cycle of violence in Arunachal—previously witnessed in Jammu and Kashmir, and Manipur—where the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is now in force in 12 of 14 districts declared “disturbed areas”, to help the army combat two major insurgent groups. Of the 38 requests made to the Centre for prosecution of army personnel between 1991 and

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The government of India has clarified that that AFSPA can be revoked fully from J&K only after a consensus is reached among all the stake holders, but the state government is at liberty to revoke it, from the territories where it feels it is not required, through an order of the Governor. Responding to the issues raised by MP G.N. Ratanpuri, during the debate on working of the Ministry of Home Affairs in Rajya Sabha, the Home Minister, Rajnath Singh said that government wants a permanent resolution to Kashmir problem and in its pursuit it is ready to accept help

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By News Desk Expressing resentment over non-implementation of recommendations submitted by the panel of interlocutors on Kashmir to the Government of India, former interlocutor and academic, Professor Radha Kumar said that the revocation of controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) was one of the important recommendations of their report. She said that an All Party Meeting should be convened to arrive at a consensus on revocation of AFSPA. “Today Congress is also supporting the revocation of AFSPA. They had earlier opposed the move but since they are in favour now, it is a welcome step and an opportune moment,” said Radha

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India’s Irom Sharmila, who has been on a hunger strike for 12 years to protest an Indian law that suspends many human rights protections in areas of conflict, speaks during a press conference, in New Delhi, India, Monday, March 4, 2013. Sharmila who has been force fed through a tube by authorities was charged Monday with attempted suicide in a case likely to bring major attention to her quiet protest in the tiny northeastern state of Manipur against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal) Manipur is the land of Khamba Thoibi, Iromba and Thang-Ta. It is arguably,

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Minors arrested under Public Safety act brought to the police headquarters, Srinagar, before releasing them. The police officers, SSP, S A Bukhari and IGP, S M Sahia along with other officers presented them before the media and handed them over to their parents in August 2011. Termed as a ‘Lawless Law’ by the Amnesty International, the Public Safety Act (PSA) has been accused to have been used by the Jammu and Kashmir government for holding thousands of people in jail without charge or trial. As per an Amnesty International report “Estimates of the number detained under the PSA over the past

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A graffiti on a wall in JNU by Democratic Students Union. In the summer of 2008, I got a phone call from my cousin who lives in Delhi. He told me about my selection in Jawaharlal Nehru University.  After two weeks of dilemma, I finally decided to join the university in a language course. It took me a while to come to terms with my decision as my first choice was not Language but Engineering. I believe half of Kashmiri youth opt for Engineering after senior secondary school. Every relative who got to know about my selection suggested me to

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Bodies of rebels after an encounter with Indian army in Kashmir. Photo. wn.com Peoples Union for Democratic Rights is outraged at the brazen claim advanced by the Indian Army that let alone sanction for prosecution, no civil administration can even register a FIR against army personnel without sanction of the Central government. During the hearing on CBI’s complaint against the army for shielding their personnel accused of fake encounter (following the Chattisinghpora massacre of thirty-six Sikhs on 19-20 March 2000), the Supreme Court questioned the army about it. The Court asked why the Army neither let the civil court prosecute

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Where are you now? Who lies beneath your spell tonight before you agonize him in farewell tonight? I beg for haven: Prisons let open your gates- A refugee from Belief seeks a cell tonight.                                                                        – Agha Shahid Ali Students of various organisations hold placards during a protest demonstration, demanding withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from northeast and Kashmir, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on August 21, 2010. Photo: S. Subramanium/The Hindu Finally, the state Cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah agreed to promulgation of the ordinance titled “The Jammu and

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On Tuesday, police brought some handcuffed children to the city court, arrested for their alleged involvement in throwing stones. A website quoted one of the boys, saying, “We were severely beaten in the police station and all we heard from policemen were just abuses.” Below are some of those moments, which show the helplessness and ordeal of the arrested children, frozen by a photojournalist, Shahid Tantray. Handcuffed!

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