Indian citizens group demands repeal of black laws like UAPA

New Delhi, September 14 (KMS): Prominent Indian citizens have demanded repeal of black laws like Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), which are adversely used by Indian forces in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and against Muslims in India.

A group of concerned citizens including well-known journalists, lawyers, women and human rights activists and former chairman of Delhi Minorities Commission attended the meet to mark one year of incarceration of prominent former JNU student leader, Umar Khalid at the Press Club of India in New Delhi.

The group held a public meet at the Press Club of India in New Delhi on the occasion. Umar Khalid who is in jail under the black law Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in Delhi riots conspiracy case.

The speakers while demanding repeal of laws like UAPA said that they are being abused to target government critics and to settle political scores.

The speakers included politician Prof Manoj Jha, former Delhi Minorities Commission Chairman Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, women rights activist Dr Syeda Hameed, prominent human rights lawyer Prashant Bhushan, farmer leader Jasbir Kaur and senior journalists Sidharath Vardarajan and Bharat Bhushan.

The session was moderated by civil rights activist Farah Naqvi. She questioned the way in which the criminal justice system is executed in India, as she said that the investigating agencies are communally prejudiced against Muslims.