Prolonged incarceration of Malik ‘travesty of justice, democracy’: JKLF
 | KNO

Prolonged incarceration of Malik ‘travesty of justice, democracy’: JKLF
 | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Srinagar, November 29 (KNO) : Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) on Thursday said that the frequent and prolonged incarceration of its chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik was ‘travesty of justice and democracy’. JKLF leaders while speaking at a meeting organized to deliberate upon the ‘worsening’ health of Malik who is languishing in police custody from 19th November 2018, said that frequent and prolonged incarcerations have taken a heavy toll on Malik’s health which is deteriorating at a very fast speed. 

In a statement issued to KNO, Malik said, “Though Malik has been in and out of jails and police stations from a long time and has spent most of his time in incarceration centers but from 2014 arresting and putting him in jails and police stations has become a daily routine of rulers and these frequent and prolonged incarcerations have actually taken a heavy toll on his health which has deteriorated considerably.” Participants of the meeting said that Malik was arrested on 2nd of October 2018, before the commencement of Municipal election this year and released after about moth long incarceration but only after few days, he was again arrested by police and is since then languishing in a small room at police station Maisuma. Speakers said that “in last ten months (about 300 days) this year, Malik has spent about 120 days in incarceration and during this period he was arrested about 20 times by police. This shows the aggressive and undemocratic attitude of rulers and authorities with JKLF chairman and also the real face of Indian democracy which is not allowing any peaceful political dissent in Jammu Kashmir.” Speakers said that Malik is already suffering from many ailments and recent confinements have taken a heavy toll on his health which is declining very fast.  “Malik is a chronic heart patient for which he has to see a doctor regularly, he has kidney ailment too and recent confinement in a small room at Maisuma police station has developed a severe pain in his back too,” they said. While expressing serious concern over this worsening situation of Malik, speakers in the meeting urged international human rights organizations, UNHRC, amnesty international and ICRC to take a serious cognizance of deteriorating health of JKLF incarcerated chairman and the ‘oppression’ unleashed against thousands of Kashmiri inmates in jails of Jammu Kashmir and India. Speakers said that if international community and champions of human rights are not able to safeguard humans in Kashmir, people here will lose faith in them which is not good for humankind and human values.(KNO)