Contrary to Katy Perry, 16 and 17-year old boys in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K or Kashmir) are not living in a Teenage Dream; they face the daily prospect of being detained indefinitely, without charges as adults under existing law in the state. The law, called the Public Safety Act is horrible enough.
But, the detention of children is in flagrant violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child of which India is a state party. You can take action now to urge the J&K government to do the right thing. The Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, promises to bring this up in the Monsoon session of the assembly so time is of the essence!
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I have written elsewhere about the “lawless law” known as the Public Safety Act in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. Well, we’ve got a perfect example of the Kashmiri government acting outside of international law (specifically, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) and holding a child without charge. You can read all the details at the links above.
But, I need a favor from you all– send twitter messages from your twitter account directly to the Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir (@abdullah_omar) asking him to #freemurtaza. We did it before and it worked. If you get a response, put them in the comments here or send them to me at my twitter account which is twitter.com/acharya_dude (you can follow me as well). Please be respectful. Here are some suggested tweets but you can craft your own of course (limited to 140 characters):
@abdullah_omar #freemurtaza, pls stop violating UN child rights treaty & say #no2psa
@abdullah_omar pls immediately end detention of Murtaza Manzoor & repeal PSA #freemurtaza
@abdullah_omar why is ur govt holding child without charge? #freemurtaza immediately