APDP submits 507 cases of disappearances to Kashmir SHRC
The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), a body fighting cases of those who went missing during the past two decades, today submitted 507 documented cases of "enforced" disappearances before the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC).india Updated: Aug 30, 2012 20:22 IST
The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), a body fighting cases of those who went missing during the past two decades, on Thursday submitted 507 documented cases of "enforced" disappearances before the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC).
"The APDP submit for your urgent consideration of 507 documented cases of enforced disappearances from different villages of Baramulla and Bandipora districts of north Kashmir," said the APDP petition.
The petition came on the International Day of the Disappeared being observed across the globe.
"Among the 369 documented cases of enforced disappearances from Baramulla district, based on the information provided by the families of the disappeared persons, 141 persons have been subjected to enforced disappearance by the state forces," alleged the APDP.
"While 144 cases the families of the disappeared claim that their loved ones disappeared in unknown circumstances by unknown agencies while as militants have been responsible for disappearing eight persons," said the petition.
The APDP claimed that in all the cases the families and relatives have made extensive efforts to locate and to ascertain the whereabouts of their loved ones but without any success.
"The APDP prays that ex-gratia relief and benefit under SRO 43 be recommended in favor of the victim families who have not received the compensation so far," it said.
The petition said that the victim families of these disappeared persons fear that their loved ones might be buried in some unmarked graves across Jammu and Kashmir.
"Therefore it is imperative that the government carry out investigations at these unmarked graves, through available means of investigation like DNA testing and other forensic methods," said the petition adding, "The APDP seeks this SHRC's intervention to probe all the enlisted cases of disappearances."
In the past, the Jammu and Kashmir government has refused to conduct DNA of unmarked graves as recommended by SHRC. The government maintains that all those buried in "unmarked graves were terrorists."
On September 16, 2011, the government, in its action taken report on more than 2,000 unmarked graves and mass graves in three districts of north Kashmir, said: "India does not have the capability of carrying out the DNA investigations of all the unmarked graves, as it would take years."
Though the government had asked the families of the disappeared to identify the particular graveyard and the grave where they believe there family member might be buried.
"After acquiring proper permission for DNA test of that particular grave, it would be carried out and matched with the family members claiming disappearance of their kin," said the government's action taken report submitted to the SHRC.