An independent group of legal experts and human rights activists have, for the first time, named hundreds of top security officials for committing human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir over the last 23 years of conflict.
International Peoples’ Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian administered Kashmir (IPTK) and Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) came out with a report on Thursday which has named 500 officials from various security agencies for being involved in 214 cases of human rights abuses which include abduction, rapes, torture and cold-blooded murders.
The report has been compiled on the basis of victims’ statements, official and court records while some of the information implicating the officers has been procured using the RTI Act.
“Our search for truth and justice has taken a step forward with this report,” noted human rights activist, Gautam Navlakha said. “At a time when India is bidding for the permanent seat in UN Security Council, it is imperative to bring this report on international arena.”
The revelations are part of the report ‘alleged Perpetrators- Stories of Impunity in Jammu and Kashmir’ which has been reportedly sent to J&K chief minister as well as Prime Minister of India. The report documents 214 cases of abuses involving nearly 500 officials including 235 Army personnel, 123 paramilitary personnel, 111 J&K police personnel and 31 government-backed militant or their associates.
“With this report, one can point out that seeking justice under Indian justice system is not possible because crimes committed in J&K are beyond the realm of Indian justice system. Therefore it is essential to seek justice from international justice system,” Gautam added.
The report further reveals, “Among the alleged accusers are two major generals and three brigadiers of Indian Army, besides nine colonels, three lieutenant colonels, 78 majors and 25 captains. Add to this, 37 senior officials of the federal paramilitary forces, a recently retired director general of JK police as well as a serving inspector general.”