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Lowest HR violations in J&K

The J&K Govt has come out with comparative statistics to establish its brightest spot, reports Arun Joshi .

india Updated: Dec 15, 2006 20:07 IST
Arun Joshi

The human rights violations are lowest this year. There were only four cases of custodial killings and only one of disappearance as against as many as four- to- five times high in the previous years.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has come out with comparative statistics to establish its brightest spot.

Statistics drawn from police records , based on the FIRs lodged with police stations , an official spokesman said , that as against 83 custodial killings in the period between 1996-2002, the number of such killings fell to 24 in the period 2003-2005, and only four in 2006.

Timings of the release of this data, clearly suggest a rebuff to the main opposition party, National Conference.

NC was in power from 1996 to 2002. In the past few months, it has been strongest critic of Prime Minister's commitment to halt the human rights violations in the state.

PM had also promised that "zero tolerance" would be shown toward such abuses.

Of late, NC has taken the HR violations issue to streets. More significantly, they also used it as an issue to completely disassociate itself from the five working groups deliberating on various aspects of Kashmir problem.

"Categorical instructions given by the centre and state governments for respecting human rights and ensuring graph at zero level on account of rights violations, Jammu and Kashmir registered remarkable decline in the incidents relating to rights violation during the last year", the spokesman said basing his claim on the comparative study.

"He said that 66 custodial disappearances have been registered from 1996 to 2002, while it got reduced to only 11 disappearances from 2003 to 2005 and only one in 2006," the spokesman said and termed it as a "positive decline."

According to him, in 1996 there were 18 custodial deaths and 6 custodial disappearances, 1997 recorded 6 custodial killings and 10 disappearances, in 1998 it was 6 and 6, in 1999 the figures stood at 6 custodial killings and 11 custodial disappearances.

In 2000, the custodial killing number was 18 and 10 custodial disappearances, and the number was 17 and 6 respectively and 2002 concluded with 12 custodial killings and 6 disappearances.

With the advent of the coalition government, the decline started in such HR violations, spokesman said.

In 2003 there were 8 cases of custodial killings and 7 of disappearances. In 2004 the figures stood at 9 and 3, in 2005 custodial killings and disappearances have been recorded at 7 and 1 respectively.

And in 2006 only 4 custodial killings and one disappearance cases have been reported, the spokesman said.