Farooq Abdullah’s daughter, sister detained for anti-India protest

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SRINAGAR: The daughter and sister of Farooq Abdullah, the former chief minister Indian-occupied Kashmir, were detained in Srinagar this afternoon during protests against ending the state’s special status.

Abdullah’s sister Suraiya Abdullah, his daughter Safia Abdullah Khan and Hawa Bashir, wife of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Justice Bashir Ahmed Khan were among those detained by Indian forces.

The protesters included prominent women activists and leading academicians.

“On August 5, we were locked inside our homes and Article 370 was abrogated. This is a marriage by compulsion which won’t work,” Suraiya Abdullah told reporters.

Women carrying placards had gathered at the Pratap Park near Srinagar’s Lal Chowk.

As they started protesting, the police swooped in on them and took a dozen women into preventive custody. They were taken to a nearby police station.

India had imposed massive security restrictions and took measures that included arresting politicians, evacuating tourists, posting extra troops and blocking phone and internet lines.

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