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J & K’s PSA Law: How Draconian is Draconian? A law that holds persons in detention for months before trial!

On October 10, 2019, The Indian Express reported that the Jammu and Kashmir government informed the J & K High Court that it has revoked the detention orders in response to habeas corpus petitions filed by 3 persons detained under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA). What is the PSA, its genesis and intent?…

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A Legal History of NSA: Independent India’s version of the draconian Rowlatt Act UP govt imposing NSA on more Bhim Army Activists after Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan

The National Security Act (NSA) has several draconian provisions, many of which are being increasingly used to incarcerate human rights defenders across India. Here’s a brief history of how the NSA came into being and how it is being increasingly used against to target Dalit leaders and activists in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Soon after the…

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