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Students from Jammu & Kashmir arrested for celebrating India’s loss in World Cup final

Students from Jammu & Kashmir arrested for celebrating India's loss in World Cup final

  • Seven students from Jammu & Kashmir arrested for celebrating India’s loss in the World Cup 2023 to Australia.
  • Alleged pro-Pakistani slogans and anti-national sentiments led to arrests under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
  • Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti calls the arrests “shocking,” sparking a political and societal debate.

In a surprising turn of events, seven students from Jammu & Kashmir find themselves arrested for allegedly celebrating India’s loss to Australia in the World Cup 2023 final at Modi Stadium. Australia clinched their sixth World Cup trophy, while India’s quest for a third title continued.

The students not only rejoiced in Australia’s victory but also raised pro-Pakistani slogans, causing offense among Indian students and sparking a series of complaints.

The celebratory act took a legal turn as videos were made, documenting the alleged anti-national sentiments, resulting in the arrest of the J&K students. Under the stringent provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), the individuals may face severe consequences, including imprisonment for up to seven years, hefty fines, or a combination of both.

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This incident has raised concerns about the limitations on individual expression, especially in matters related to sports and national sentiments.

The situation has transcended beyond a legal matter and evolved into a political debate, with members of various political parties expressing differing opinions. Former Chief Minister of the state, Mehbooba Mufti, voiced her astonishment at the arrests, deeming it shocking that cheering for a winning team could lead to criminalization in Kashmir.

The incident underscores the complex interplay between sports, national identity, and the boundaries of free expression, prompting a broader societal reflection on the balance between individual rights and national sensitivities.

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