Kafeel Khan has written a letter to UNHRC informing them about “widespread violations of international human right standards in India and misuse of draconian laws like NSA and UAPA to suppress dissent
NEW DELHI—Gorakhpur’s Dr Kafeel Khan, has taken his battle against the Yogi Adityanath government to an international level.
Khan, who was recently absolved of charges under the stringent National Security Act (NSA) and is now living in Jaipur, has written a letter to the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) informing them about “widespread violations of international human right standards in India and misuse of draconian laws like NSA and UAPA to suppress voices of dissent”.
In his letter, Khan thanked the UN rights body for urging the Indian government to protect human rights of activists arrested for “peacefully protesting against CAA” and said that the government “has not listened to their appeal”.
Describing his days in jail, Khan wrote, “I was tortured mentally and physically and also denied food and water for many days and treated inhumanely during my 7 months of incarceration in a congested, overcrowded Mathura prison. Fortunately, I got the NSA and all 3 extensions of detention quashed by the high court, which called the whole process illegal.”
He also mentioned about the Gorakhpur tragedy on August 10, 2017 at Baba Raghav Das Medical College, in which many children lost their lives due to unavailability of liquid oxygen.