PSA against man who tied cop to chair for stalking woman

A man has been booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) for tying a cop, accused of stalking and taking pictures of a woman, to a chair in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.

Arhama village’s Mohammad Shafi Khan was shifted to Kotbalwal jail in Jammu, two weeks after he was arrested and booked for “rioting, unlawful assembly and endangering life of others”.

Protests and clashes had erupted in Manigam area on October 14 after a woman raised an alarm about a policeman stalking her and taking her pictures. A video on social networking sites showed people including a woman taking off the cop’s jacket and tying him to a chair. Police had said that following the woman’s complaint, it had registered an FIR and arrested the cop.

Described as a “lawless law” by international rights groups such as Amnesty International, the PSA allows for preventive detention for people against whom there may be no recognised criminal offence, providing for detention for a maximum of two years in the case of persons acting in any manner “prejudicial to the security of the state.”

 

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