Amendments in proposed police bill in IOK stressed

Srinagar, July 07, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Indian National Commission for Minorities (NCM), Wajahat Habibullah has written to the Home Ministry of India to consider the amendments proposed by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), a global rights body, in the Jammu and Kashmir Police Bill 2013.

Wajahat Habibullah in a media interview in Srinagar said that he had written to the Ministry to consider the analysis of CHRI. He said that a copy of the same letter had also been forwarded to the office of the puppet Chief Minister. In its analysis, the CHRI has identified gaps and weakness in the proposed law and suggested amendments and inclusion of new provisions to overcome them, he added.

The CHRI has recommended more than 100 amendments in the proposed legislation to ensure accountability in police functioning and to limit political control on police in the occupied territory.

The objections to the Bill were also filed jointly by local civil rights activists comprising members of Kashmir Centre for Social and Developmental Studies and Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society.

Pertinently, the 76-page Jammu and Kashmir Police Bill 2013, posted on the website of the Home Department of occupied Kashmir on February 15, allows the authorities to declare any area disturbed and propose setting up Special Security Zones.

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