Kashmiri Students Arrested for Celebrating Cricket Defeat: Legal Action Underway
In a recent development, seven Kashmiri students have found themselves in legal trouble after celebrating India’s loss to Australia in the Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 on November 19. The incident took place in Ganderbal, a town located in Jammu and Kashmir, leading to the filing of an FIR against the students.
The FIR reveals that charges have been pressed against the students under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, Section 13, IPC Section 505, and IPC Section 506. These students, enrolled in the veterinary sciences and animal husbandry department of Sher-e-Kashmir University, now face legal consequences for their actions.
According to a report by Scroll, the case has been registered against the students for disseminating statements “likely to cause fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against the State or against the public tranquility,” in accordance with Indian Penal Code Section 505. The arrests were made on November 20, a day after the conclusion of the World Cup 2023.
This incident echoes a previous occurrence where three Kashmiri students from Agra’s Raja Balwant Singh Engineering College were arrested for expressing support for Pakistan’s victory against India in the T20 World Cup in October 2021. Shockingly, they spent over five months in jail.
In a significant development in May 2022, the Supreme Court intervened, ordering a temporary suspension of sedition charges. The court directed both the Centre and state governments not to register any new FIRs invoking sedition charges until a thorough re-examination of this colonial-era penal law takes place.
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