A 70-page report 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Public Safety Act, 1978 (PSA) and calls it a “system of administrative detention that is a lawless law and should be repealed at the earliest”. India has so far chosen to ignore calls of the UN Human rights mechanisms in relation to its administrative detention regime. The recommendations club India with Israel, calling for the system of “refrain from using administrative detention, in particular against children”.
The report 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 of militancy.
March 20, 2011