J&K: Rights bodies accuse 500 officials of abuse
Two human rights organisations on Thursday named 500 security officials and personnel allegedly involved in human rights violations for the past two decades in the state.chandigarh Updated: Dec 06, 2012 23:08 IST
Two human rights organisations on Thursday named 500 security officials and personnel allegedly involved in human rights violations for the past two decades in the state.
The International Peoples' Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice and the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, which released the report here on Thursday, claimed to have examined 214 cases of human rights violations before reaching the conclusion. "This report is the tip of the iceberg; a window into what took place in the past two decades here," human rights activist Gautam Navlakha said.
The 354-page report, the two bodies said, documents cases and testimonies made by victims in FIRs, high court petitions and before state authorities. "These cases portray the state of impunity in the state, though the identities of the perpetrators are known," says the report.
In the 214 cases, the rights groups named 235 army personnel, 123 paramilitary personnel, 111 Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel and 31 others. "Among the alleged perpetrators are two major generals, three brigadiers, nine colonels, three lieutenant colonels, 78 majors and 25 captains," says the report.
The report has been forwarded to Prime Minister, state home minister and chief minister Omar Abdullah for their responses. "We hope the chief minister and others will take measures at their end on the issue," said rights activist Khuram Pervez. The rights body said this report seeks to begin a process of accountability. "The cases go contrary to the Indian narrative of human rights violations as mere 'aberrations'," the rights groups said.
The government did not comment. "We will have first to go through the contents of the report and then we will respond," law minister Ali Mohammed Sagar said. The report dismissed India's past claims that acts of brutality by security personnel were aberrations.