SRINAGAR: Human rights watchdog
Amnesty International has compared Indian police methods in Kashmir with those
of Israeli security forces in Palestine.
A 70-page report to be
released on Monday focuses on the Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978
(PSA) and calls it a “system of administrative detention that is a lawless law
and should be repealed at the earliest”.
The rights watchdog said
India has so far chosen to ignore calls of the UN Human rights mechanisms in
relation to its administrative detention regime. “The recommendations hold not
just for Israel and Egypt but also for India,” it said. The report has clubbed
India with Israel and Egypt, calling for the system of “refrain from using
administrative detention, in particular against children”.
is based on a review of 600 cases of people detained under the PSA. The act
empowers district magistrates to detain people for up to two years. Almost
anything, from anti-state activities to timber smuggling can land people in jail
under the act. The PSA has been J&K police’s weapon of choice since the rise