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  Kashmir, the disputed region between India and Pakistan, has been going through conflict since the armed rebellion started in late 80s and has resulted in grave human rights violations, killings, torture and rapes. The children of Kashmir or the Children of Conflict have faced the wrath of government forces and the draconian laws like Public Safety act (PSA). Since the mass peaceful resistance movements of 2008, the minors of this region have been arrested, tortured, and mostly booked under the PSA and put behind the bars for months. There have been instances during which children as young as 10

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Faizan Sofi, 12, being produced in a Srinagar court. On September 4, a separatist group called for a strike against the construction of concrete  road for Amarnath pilgrims, which goes to the holy cave of Hindus. The strike was called “against the politicization of Amarnath Yatra”. In 2008, it was the same pilgrimage which sparked the mass protests in valley after a piece of land was transferred to the Amarnath Shrine Board. But this year the issue has been brewing at low intensity. The state government has said they didn’t receive any directions from the apex court to construct any

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Handcuffed Waqar Ahmed (right), in a police van in November 2011, with handcuffed minors who were arrested too.. By Adnan Majeed After 277 days of serving illegal detention under Public Safety Act (PSA), Waqar Ahmad Moharkant was eventually released from jail, last month, after the Jammu and Kashmir High Court invalidated his PSA detention order, a draconian law which has been perverted upon by the government for years to quell the voices, raised against it. Waqar, then a second year student at Islamia College of Science and Commerce, was taken into custody by Jammu and Kashmir police, MR Gunj police

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In June, this year, the state government provided information of number of people arrested under draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) in seven districts of Kashmir valley as 3400. The information was given in response to an application filed under Right to Information Act by a prominent Human Rights defender, Khurram Parvez of Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society. In March 2011, the Amnesty International, an international watchdog, released a report on the law, A ‘Lawless Law’: Detentions under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act. It said the report “documents how the Public Safety Act (PSA) is used to

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It has been two years since the mass protests of 2010, during which more than 120 people; mostly teenagers were killed by government forces. Apart from killings and fatal injuries to people, the continuous arrests never stopped. Thousands of people, which include minors, were arrested by state police every now and then. The ready-to-put-in-jail command, which comes handy for state, has been the draconian law, Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety act (1978) (PSA). This act doesn’t keep anybody safe in Kashmir. It only imprisons them in dreaded jails of the state. Several people, from all over the valley, were, and

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This is the statement issued by the Amnesty International. Amnesty International reiterates its call on the authorities in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) to end the persistent practice of administrative detentions in the state, and repeal the Public Safety Act, 1978 (PSA). A legal team, deputed by Amnesty International to review progress since its March 2011 report on detentions under the PSA,(1) has found no evidence that an amendment to the PSA of 5 April 2012,(2) will bring J&K detention practices fully in line with India’s human rights obligations under international law.  Hundreds of persons suspected of involvement in protests, including

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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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