After a long drawn battle for thirteen long years, Friday was the day of new hopes for the bereaved parents seeking justice for their slain son as Supreme Court issued notice to Government of India seeking its response on Kargil martyr, Captain Saurabh Kalia's torture case.
Kargil martyr Saurabh Kalia
The apex court has given the Government 10 weeks to respond to its notice, issued on the basis of a petition filed by the slain officer's father, Dr NK Kalia.
Retired Council of Scientific and Industrial Research- 63 year old Dr NK Kalia had moved the Supreme Court on November 27 with a plea to direct the government to raise the issue of brutality committed on Prisoners of War by Pakistani army during 1999 Kargil War at the International Court of Justice and exert pressure on Pakistan to apologise for the torture and punishment to the guilty Pakistani soldiers.
"Today I am feeling happy as my efforts started bearing fruit. It is like taking a little step towards getting justice for which I am trying for my last thirteen years," said NK Kalia while talking to Hindustan Times.
Anguished by the Government's apathy, Dr Kalia said he was hopeful that the apex court will do justice to his son which successive governments could not do.
"It is not the question of my son or five other soldiers but it is the question of dignity of Indian Armed forces and issue of national prestige."
Saurabh's mother, Vijay Kalia who still remembers December 30, the day when she last saw her son when he was going to join his duty, said she was much relieved today and hope that justice will done to her son who sacrificed his supreme safeguarding the borders of the country.
Martyr Saurabh Kalia's uncle, SK Kalia - a retired income tax officer who was among those who recognised Saurabh's body said the loss is irreversible but is hoping for justice for his nephew for whom the family is fighting for the last 13 years.
Captain Saurabh Kalia was amongst the first martyrs of the 1999 Kargil War. Pakistan army had captured captain Kalia of 4 Jat Regiment and five other soldiers on May 15, 1999 from Kaksar area of Kargil sector and their Prisoner of War status was not intimated to India.
They were kept in captivity for over 22 days and subjected to unprecedented torture.
On June 9, 1999, NK Kalia had received the body of his son - captain Saurabh Kalia - with evidence of brutal torture by the Pakistan Army. For thirteen long years Dr Kalia wrote numerous letters to the successive government governments seeking justice for his son apart from raising the issue on international forums demanding the act to be declared a war crime by the United Nations.
Most recently, Dr Kalia, Rajya and Flags of Honour Foundation filed a petition to the United Nations Human Rights Council on December 11 urging the global body to ensure full and independent investigation into the case and also to conduct inquiries into the matter and find out the people responsible for his son's death.