‘Humiliated’: Top Kashmir leaders charged under ‘draconian’ law

Two former chief ministers of Indian-administered Kashmir have been charged under strict Public Safety Act (PSA) six months after they were detained.

Authorities on Thursday charged Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti under PSA – a law that allows detention without trial for up to two years – as part of a crackdown to prevent protests against New Delhi’s decision to strip the Muslim-majority region’s autonomy.

“Since government was running out of options PSA was slapped on them,” the official, who did not want to be named, said.

Besides the two former chief ministers, a few more mainstream politicians have been booked under the same law that has been described as “draconian” by the Amnesty International.

India’s Hindu nationalist government imposed a security lockdown in Kashmir hours before it abrogated Article 370 of the constitution which granted the Himalayan region special status and protected its demography.

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