Mehbooba Mufti Released After 1 Year
NewsBytes
Oct 16, 2020

After being detained by the Indian Government for more than a year, former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has been freed by the J&K government

In August 2019, the Indian Government abrogated article 370 which gave Jammu Kashmir special status and split it into two Union territories Jammu Kashmir & Ladakh. Immediately after this decision, the Indian government arrested many political leaders. The government said the arrests were necessary as the politicians might fan violence with their provocative speeches. The Indian government even shut down all modes of communication in J&K. After this many petitions were filed in the Supreme Courts against the arrests of the leaders. Even  Mehbooba Mufti, who was the Chief Minister at the time and was also the chief of  Peoples' Democratic Party, was arrested by the government. Mufti was arrested under the Public Safety Act (PSA), which lets the government arrest anyone without a court trial for several months. She was kept in jail for more than a year. 


His daughter Iltija Mufti fought for her mother’s freedom in the Supreme Court and said the Indian Government was wrong to arrest her. On September 29, Supreme Court Judge SK Kaul asked the J&K Government how long Mufti could be kept in custody. He said the maximum period of her detention has been exceeded. The J&K government has now decided to free her. After her release, Mufti released an audio clip released on Twitter, Mufti said she was detained for over one year. What the government has done to Kashmir was very wrong. She demanded all that those who were arrested in J&K be released immediately.