Lawyers say most of the people charged under the PSA have been detained on grounds of “likely to disturb public order,” in accordance with Section 3 of the Act, which has been described by the Amnesty International as a “lawless law”.
Asrar, a Class 11 student of Illah-i-Bagh locality in Srinagar, was injured on August 6 during a protest rally, a day after New Delhi abrogated the special status of J&K and bifurcated it into two union territories.
Outside the shuttered shops, people squat on the ground and discuss the volatile situation in the Valley. They are petrified of the possibility of a war as they often have to bear the brunt of cross-border firing and shelling between Indian and Pakistani armies.
On social networking sites the government order is being compared with the Polish government order during German occupation of Poland in December 1939 which prohibited Jews from entering or using pathways, streets and public squares from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
According to the police, the social networks are a headache as they are often misused as a tool to recruit youngsters, lure them to the jehad. This may have played a good part in the so-called resurgence of the Jaish in Kashmir