StandwithKashmir Calls for the Immediate Release of All Kashmiri Prisoners.
SWK is deeply concerned by the continued detention of thousands of Kashmiris who have been held in jails in Jammu and Kashmir and all over India before and in the aftermath of the events of August 5 2019, including minors, women, those who are ill and the elderly. In addition to those who have been languishing in jails for years for expressing their dissent to India’s occupation, an estimated 4,000-13,000 people have been detained since August 5.
Although the Indian government has released a number of detainees as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, a majority of them remain imprisoned. At the latest count, 261 prisoners belonging to Jammu and Kashmir are currently lodged in different jails of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. 3,248 prisoners are in jails across Jammu and Kashmir. A committee that was mandated to decongest jails in the wake of Covid-19 has stated that it will not release those booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA), or militancy-related convicts, on any parole.
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