Bar condemns travel restrictions on Yasin Malik

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Srinagar: The High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has strongly condemned Zalangam-Kokernag incident in which a mother of three children who had delivered a baby girl 15 days back was allegedly abducted and attempted to be raped by some unknown persons.

In a statement, a spokesman of the Bar has said that the Association feels that instead of arresting the accused persons involved in the abduction and attempt to rape of the woman, the police have booked 12 persons who had staged protest against the abduction and attempt to rape, to provide shelter to the guilty. “The registering of FIR no. 149/13 against these persons is clearly an attempt to subvert the process of law and save the accused. The Bar Association feels, that in order to vindicate the honour of the woman, the accused should be arrested forthwith and brought to book,” reads the Bar statement.

The Bar Association has also condemned the government’s denial of allowing Mohammad Yasin Malik to meet his family. The Bar Association feels that right to travel is a fundamental right and no one can be deprived of such right by any authority on flimsy and baseless grounds. When an ordinary person is permitted to go to Nepal merely on showing his identity card, stopping of Mohammad Yasin Malik at Delhi Airport, even after showing such an identity card and other documents is inhuman and barbaric,” the Bar spokesman has said.

He has added that when he had decided to meet his wife and daughter in Nepal only because his passport which expired in the month of March was not renewed by the Government of India and that Malik should have been allowed to proceed to Nepal without any hindrance and obstruction.

“The Bar Association feels that the government of India by not allowing Malik to go to Nepal and other Kashmiris to proceed to perform Hajj, the Govt. of India is using the method of stopping the people at the Airport as a tool of war, which is highly deplorable.

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