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Female photojournalist booked under UAPA act in Kashmir

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Ground Report | News Desk

Jammu and Kashmir police have booked a female freelance photojournalist under unlawful activities (Prevention) Act for uploading anti-national posts with criminal intention to induce the young and to disturb public order.

“The police said that Masrat Zahra, a freelance photojournalist who reports mostly about women and children in conflict, uploaded photographs that could “provoke the public to disturb law and order”.

“The user [Zahra] is also uploading posts that tantamount to glorify the anti-national activities and dent the image of law enforcing agencies besides causing disaffection against the country,” the police said in a press release.

The police added that Zahra’s social media posts are inciting young people and promoting unrest. “The user is uploading anti-national posts with criminal intention to induce the youth and to promote offences against public tranquility,” they said.

A first information report has also been filed against Zahra under Section 505 of the Indian Penal Code, which punishes those who induce others to commit an offence against the state or against public tranquillity.

The police also warned people of strict action if they are found circulating inflammatory content on social media. “General public is advised to refrain from misuse of social media platforms and circulation of unauthenticated information,” they said. “Any person found indulging in such activities will be dealt with strictly under law.

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Police said that a case under FIR number 10/2020 under section 13 UA(P) act and 505-IPC stands registered with the Cyber Cell of police, Kashmir. Under IPC 505, a person can be booked for two years of rigorous imprisonment.

What is UAPA act?

UAPA act, 2019 is passed today in Rajya Sabha with 147 Member of Parliaments voted in favour of the UAPA Amendment bill 2019 while only 42 polled against it.

In the wake of increasing terrorist activities in the country; the NDA government has changed certain provision of the The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 to tackle the terrorism and Naxalism in the country.

Let’s know that which activities are considered as the unlawful activities under this law and what changes have been made in this act?

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 enables more effective prevention of certain unlawful activities of individuals and associations and for dealing with terrorist activities, and other related matters.

Extent and Application of this Act

  1. It is applicable across the entire country
  2. Any Indian or foreign national charged under UAPA is liable for punishment under this Act, irrespective of the location of crime / offense committed
  3. UAPA will be applicable to the offenders in the same manner, even if crime is committed on a foreign land, outside India
  4. The provisions of this Act apply also to citizens of India and abroad.
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