Farooq Abdullah’s sister detained for protesting against abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir

Police on Tuesday detained half a dozen women activists, including the sister and daughter of former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, during a march to protest against abrogation of provisions of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

Abdullah’s sister Suraiya and his daughter Safiya, who were leading a group of women activists protesting.

Wearing black armbands and holding placards, the women protestors were not allowed by the police personnel to assemble and were asked to disperse peacefully. However, the protesters refused to disperse and tried to stage a sit-in.

The women CRPF personnel rounded the protestors into police vehicles. The police also tried to silence the protesting women who were giving statements to the media present.

Demanding restoration of civil liberties and fundamental rights of the citizens, the women said they feel “betrayed, humiliated and violated as people”.

They also demanded immediate release of detainees and demilitarization of rural and urban areas.

Several political leaders of the state, including former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah, as well as Mehbooba Mufti, have been placed under detention since August as the government announced its move to end special status granted to the state under the Article 370 of the constitution and split it into two union territories.

Farooq Abdullah, 83, has been charged under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) which enables detention without trial for up to two years.

Criticising the detention, former CM and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter tweeted from her mothers account which said, “Curfew can be placed on a city but certainty not on feelings & thoughts.”

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