The Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) is being misused to frame Muslim youths and is a threat to democracy, according to Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association president Manisha Sethi.
In the city on Saturday to talk about the alleged misuse of the draconian law, Sethi elicited alleged cases of fabrication of evidence that took place in Madhya Pradesh, from 2001 till now, in which Muslim youths have been framed and convicted by the police. “Over 80 cases have been registered under this Act since 2001 from the time the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) was banned.
All these cases were based on bizarre charges based on SIMI literature that was produced before the ban was imposed,” she pointed out. She said that in several cases in Madhya Pradesh, evidences like an issue of the Tehreek-e-Millat magazine with the handwritten name of a girl was used as evidence in multiple, unrelated cases and that it was a case of judicial abdication.
“It is a common feeling that the judiciary functions within the rules of law. But magistrates do not so much as look up at suspects before signing extensions for police remand,” she said.
Sethi also condemned the torture inflicted upon suspects to obtain confessions and get narco analysis tests on them by investigating bodies. “The machinery and security agencies are all complicit in manufacturing terrorists and convicts,” she said.
Shantanu Chakraborty of the Alternative Law Forum said that several cases are fabricated in Karnataka against religions, sexual minorities. Mentioning the example of the recent Malleswaram bomb blast case and the terror plot to assassinate journalists and politicians, he said that there were several inconsistencies and fabrications in the investigations and that the Act gave a free hand to security agencies to erode the rights of Muslim youths.