Parliament members criticize black laws

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Several Indian Parliament members Wednesday criticized anti-terror laws in vogue in Jammu and Kashmir and Manipur and demanded immediate repealing of these stringent acts.

Mohammed Basheer of IUML raised the issue of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act during Zero Hour, saying it was a “black law”.

Underlining that an anti-terror law cannot be misused for “victimization”, he demanded a judicial review of all the cases charged under it, suggesting that many accussed have no terror links.

“We are duty-bound to repeal this black law. An anti-terror law cannot be misused for victimization,” he said.

Thokchom Meinya, Congress member from Manipur, spoke against abuse of AFSPA and said there is an urgent need to “review” it.

He cited a number of committee reports, including one headed by Congress MP and former Union minister Veerappa Moily and another by Justice (retd) JS Verma, which highlights its “draconian” provisions.

AFSPA is in force in militancy-hit states like Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir and various political parties and civil society groups have claimed from time to time that it allows armed forces to get away with serious violations of human rights.

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