The Law and Society Committee, NLSIU invites you to attend The Terror of Anti-Terror, a panel discussion on the implementation of anti-terror laws in India. It will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, from 14:30 to 16:30 at NLSIU, Bangalore.
The excesses perpetrated upon prisoners by Indian law enforcement officials is an oft-neglected topic. Survivors of the system speak of how evidence is forged on a regular basis – certificates are altered and videotapes of narco-analyses are doctored. Statements are tortured out of those incarcerated in prisons – they are given electric shocks in their nipples and private parts and chemicals are put into their anus. Most of these persons are targeted only because they are Muslims. This side of the system is rarely brought to light because those at the receiving end of these atrocities are denied a platform to speak out against them. This has led to a rather one-sided discourse which glorifies the need for ‘security’ at the expense of basic human rights.
In an attempt to increase awareness on this issue, the Law and Society Committee’s panel discussion seeks to bring forth the experiences of three speakers:
- Mohammed Aamir Khanis the author of ‘Framed as a Terrorist: My 14-year Struggle to Prove My Innocence’, co-written with lawyer Nandita Haksar. At the age of eighteen, he was picked up by the police and wrongfully accused of 19 charges relating to terror crimes. Before his acquittal in 2012, he spent 14 years in jail facing abuse, torture, and solitary confinement. Since his release, he has documented and spoken out against institutionalized discrimination faced by minorities in Indian jails. Having worked with ANHAD for four years, he is presently associated with the Centre for Equity Studies (CES), an NGO that engages in advocacy and research on various issues of social and economic justice.
- Abdul Wahidis the author of ‘Begunah Qaidi’ (“Innocent Detainees”) and a former schoolteacher. Wahid was wrongfully arrested for plotting the Mumbai serial blasts in 2006, along with twelve other Muslims. Released in 2015, he was incarcerated for a period of nine years, during which he was subjected to custodial torture. Since his release, he has worked to draw attention to the issues that raise questions about the ethical and legal soundness of anti-terror operations, including false evidence and blackmailed witnesses.
- Dr.Yug Mohit Chaudharyis a Bombay-based criminal lawyer. A Yeats scholar, he specializes in cases of criminal defence and is at the forefront of the death penalty abolitionist movement in India. He has represented the accused in several high profile cases, including that of Yakub Memon and the highly successful Shatrughan Chauhan case, where 15 death sentences were commuted by the Supreme Court in one go.
When: May 24, 2017, from 14:30 to 16:30
Where: Conference Hall, National Law School of India University, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore.