J&K govt to bring amendments in PSA

Last Updated: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 15:48

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government
on Monday said it is working on a proposal to introduce amendments
in the Public Safety Act (PSA), a law which is being widely
criticised by human rights body.

"We have a proposal in the Law department to carry out
some amendments in the PSA and the Law Secretary and his
secretariat is working on it," Law Minister Ali Mohammad
Sagar told reporters here.

PSA, which provides detention of a person for two years
without any trial, has been widely criticised by human rights
groups. The Act also provides for custodial detention of
anyone above 16 years of age.

An Amnesty International report had recently termed PSA a
"lawless law" and said the Act is being used to secure long-
term detention of individuals against whom there is
insufficient evidence for a trial.

PTI



First Published: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 15:48

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