Restrictions, shutdown continues in Bandipora, North Kashmir; Centre to incorporate clause on Human Rights abuses in AFSPA
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  • According to reports, restrictions are continued in Bandipora town of North Kashmir following eruption of protests over the alleged desecration of Quran at Haskalan Tragbal. The town and its peripheries are under strict restrictions since June 23, 2012 when the people staged massive protests against alleged desecration of the holy book. Several persons were wounded as police and paramilitary CRPF used force to quell the protestors. 1

    In another development, reports noted that after 54 years of its operation, the Government of India is now mulling incorporating a clause in the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) aimed at redressing complaints of human rights abuses committed by the members of armed forces in the areas where the Act is in vogue. After stiff opposition by the Defence Ministry to the amendment in any existing clauses of the contentious law, the Central government seems to be working on a middle path by incorporating a fresh clause in AFSPA so that the grievances of the victims of rights abuses by the armed forces could be addressed. 2