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Court Martial attempt to obfuscate Machil case, allege victims' body

india Updated: Dec 28, 2013 18:42 IST
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A victims' body, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), on Saturday alleged that the court martial against the Machil fake encounter accused was an attempt to "obfuscate" human rights abuses committed by the security forces.

"The recent media hype of the court martial in Machil fake encounter case of 2010, and the subsequent welcome statements by politicians are part of propaganda," alleged APDP spokesperson Tahira Begum.

She claimed that the victims of the conflict had no faith in the army-instituted court martial. "How can the same army be trusted to prosecute its personnel for the human rights abuse that has institutionalised impunity and has incentivised policy of encouraging the extra-judicial killings?" alleged Begum.

She said the civilian victims could not avail the opportunity of having being represented by a lawyer in a court martial. "Neither do they have the right to challenge the court martial judgments in higher courts," Begum added.

The APDP spokesperson claimed that the history of the court martial in Jammu and Kashmir was a mystery "wherein the army has failed to furnish details of those who may have been prosecuted".

The APDP claimed to have acquired information about 58 court martials held by the army in the state. "The information provided by the army is too little to establish the nature of crimes perpetrated by the army personnel for which they have been prosecuted," she alleged.

Based on the information provided in the RTI, the APDP spokesman said, "Except in three cases, there is no way to discern whether the court martial relate to violations against civilians or other army personnel. But based on other available information, it appears only a total of five cases in these lists relate to civilians."