The prolonged struggle to release her son, Zakariya, resident of Parappanangadi in Kerala’s Malappuram district, an undertrial prisoner for 11 years has taken a mental toll on the ailing mother. Zakariya was picked up by the Karnataka Police at the age of 19 charging him with India’s controversial draconian law, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in connection with the 2008 Bangalore bomb blast.
In March, the single mother in her sixties moved to the Supreme Court of India challenging against UAPA and its new amendment. The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) plea is requested to declare the counter-terrorism act ‘unconstitutional and violative of fundamental rights.’
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