Fresh Footstep To Firefight


Footstep

The ordinance has trigged a multi-­polar debate in Jammu and Kashmir because each party has its distinct take on the ephe­meral law. The government led by the Peoples Democratic Party sees it as a ‘compulsion’, its ruling partner—the BJP—finds it is ‘too harsh’, the police deem it ‘necessary’ and the separatists term it as ‘intimidation’.

Recently, the Jammu and Kashmir Public Property (Prevention of Damage) (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, made any destruction of property due to “direct action” punishable. The October 25 rule also invites penalty on anyone calling for abetment of such offence. The “direct action” means strikes or demonstrations instead of taking the route of negotiation. The ordinance makes anyone who announces such public forms of protests that result in damage to public and private property liable to punishment with imprisonment for one to three years. It can also result in a fine equivalent to the market value of the property destroyed. Read More…

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