Saying that the “only ember of hope in these bleak circumstances is the judiciary”, former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has written to the Chief Justice of India urging the apex court’s intervention for justice, dignity and human rights for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Mufti, in her letter to Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud, has said that while the “judiciary has not inspired much confidence”, she has not lost the “unflinching faith and respect for the courts of the country.”

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“I write to you with a deep sense of concern and worry about the prevailing situation in the country especially J&K. Your recent observations on the inability of lower judiciary to grant bail in ordinary cases in a functioning democracy as ours should have been adopted as a directive rather than just being consigned to a single column story churned out in newspapers,” Mufti said in her letter.

“The fundamental rights enshrined in the Indian Constitution and guaranteed to all Indian citizens are being brazenly impinged upon. Unfortunately it is these basic rights that have now become luxuries and entitlements bestowed upon only those select citizens, who toe the Government’s line on political, social & religious matters. And more worryingly, to those who actively contribute and not obstruct GOIs idea of an India where its strengths of diversity, religious pluralism and tolerance must be weeded out and crushed to lay the foundations of a one religion nation where minorities are relegated to the social, political & economic fringes”.

Mufti said the Centre has adopted an iron-fist policy in the region and has suspended the fundamental rights of the people since the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in August 2019.