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Female Photojournalist booked under UAPA for ‘anti-national’ social media posts in Kashmir

Srinagar: A female photojournalist Masrat Zahra was on Saturday charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for allegedly uploading posts that glorify “anti-national activities” on social media, the police said.

The police said that Masrat Zahra, uploaded photographs that could “provoke the public to disturb law and order”.

“The user [Zahra] is also uploading posts that tantamount to glorify the anti-national activities and dent the image of law enforcing agencies besides causing disaffection against the country,” the police said in a press release.

The police added that Zahra’s social media posts are inciting young people and promoting unrest. “The user is uploading anti-national posts with criminal intention to induce the youth and to promote offences against public tranquility,” they said.

A first information report has also been filed against Zahra under Section 505 of the Indian Penal Code, which punishes those who induce others to commit an offence against the state or against public tranquillity.

The police also warned and said,“General public is advised to refrain from misuse of social media platforms and circulation of unauthenticated information,” they said. “Any person found indulging in such activities will be dealt with strictly under law.”

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