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Draconian Laws At a Glance

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POTA

POTA come into force in 2002

Approximately, 3,500 people were arrested under POTA in its three years of existence.

Tamil Nadu is the only state where all the 240 persons booked under POTA were from the minority community.

 

TADA

Of the total 77,000 detained under TADA, 72,000 were released without having been charged or tried.

The conviction rate under TADA was less than 1 per cent and 98 per cent of the cases never reached trial stage. From 1984 onwards at least 75,000 people were detained under TADA from all over India. Of these, 73,000 cases were withdrawn for lack of evidence.

 

AFSPA

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), was passed on September 11, 1958

It grants special powers to the armed forces in what the act terms as "disturbed areas" in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. It was later extended to Jammu and Kashmir as The Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act, 1990 in July 1990

 

MCOCA

Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) was enacted by Maharashtra state in 1999 to combat organised crime and terrorism.



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