As many as 287 cases were registered under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in Jammu & Kashmir during 2020.
The data released by India’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), shows that J&K topped the chart in terms of cases registered under the UA(P) Act last year with the contested region alone accounting for 36% of the total cases registered.
The data reveals that out of 796 cases registered under the stringent law, 287 were alone registered in different police stations of J&K in 2020.
Jammu and Kashmir is followed by Manipur where 196 cases were registered.
The UAPA was originally enacted in 1967 to deal with activities directed against the sovereignty and integrity of India. It was amended in 2004 to deal with militancy-related activities.
The Office of High Commissioner of Human Rights, United Nations, recently expressed its concerns over the ongoing use of the UAPA.
Referring to Jammu & Kashmir, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, remarked that the state has the highest number of cases registered under the contentious law