Rights Group says, ‘India Using Torture as War Tactic in Kashmir’

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

A Human Rights defender group, Human Rights Watch (HRW) in its recent report has said that “Indian forces in Kashmir use torture as weapon to punish Kashmiri detainees and to force them into becoming informers, or join organizations that counter freedom fighters’ groups”.

“Torture is used to extract information, punish Kashmiri detainees and try to force them to become informers or join counter freedom fighters’ organizations,” media reports quoted a report of Human Rights Watch (HRW).

The report said the “Indian forces are also engaged in extorting money from the victims’ families”. “The most common forms of torture include severe beatings and electric shock. Detainees’ legs are often stretched apart and they are frequently suspended from the wrists, or upside down for extended periods, which can lead to paralysis.”

The report added that one of the most insidious forms of torture is the use of a heavy log or roller to apply excruciating pressure on a detainee’s legs. “The roller is rotated over the victim’s legs with a man sitting or standing on it. To enhance the pain, sometimes the number of people over the roller is multiplied,” the report said. “Extensive use of the roller frequently leads to kidney damage. Severe beatings also induce kidney failure, as can electric shock.”

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