Police bill a ploy to convert IHK into police state: JKCCS

Police bill a ploy to convert IHK into police state: JKCCS


Srinagar, February 26, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) has denounced the so-called Police Reforms Bill, 2013, terming it as an attempt on the part of authorities to formally put in place powers and structures that the police had enjoyed and employed to carry out systematic human rights violations in the territory.

The JKCCS Program Co-coordinator, Khurram Parvez, in a statement in Srinagar emphasised that the bill, made public on 15 February, 2013, was seriously objectionable and condemned the authorities “for seeking to formalize the practices that have resulted in structural police violence” in Kashmir.

“The bill essentially reads as a blueprint on how to exercise control on the entire populace – wide powers, including collection of personal information on demand, increased surveillance of people and creation of zones and extensions of the police to collect information and take action,” he added.

“The bill must be seen in the larger context of the actions of the Indian State in Kashmir. Widespread human rights violations, an absolute disregard for the law, and a political will to control territory by any and all means, have been a feature of the Indian State in Kashmir,” the statement said. It added that a formal law, such as the Draft Police Bill, was merely an attempt to provide the police with the powers they already held in de facto.

“The Indian State seeks to reduce the reality of Jammu and Kashmir to a ‘law and order problem’, with no regard for the rights of the people,” Khurram Parvez pointed out.

“The timing of the Draft Police Bill is unsurprising. The Draft was made public on 15 February, 2013, and suggestions were sought within two weeks. Kashmir was at that point under curfew, and Afzal Guru had been hanged to death a few days prior.

The authorities apparently sought to use the situation to formally introduce the abhorrent Draft Police Bill that seeks to turn Jammu and Kashmir into a police state,” reads the text of the statement.

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