September 2001 News

J&K atrocities up by 800 pc

9 September 2001
The Hindustan Times

New Delhi: Statistics apparently indicate a 800 per cent jump in human rights violations in J&K by security forces during 2000-01 compared to the previous year. According to data available, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has received as many as 452 cases of human rights violation by armed and paramilitary forces during 2000-01 as against 61 cases during 1999-2000, sources said. While the cases of human rights violation against armed forces numbered 240 during 2000-01 as against 36 cases in the previous year, 212 such complaints were received against paramiliary forces as compared to 25 cases during 1999-2000. The Home Minister had recently said suitable changes in the law were required to protect security personnel, acting without malafide against terrorist elements from being hounded out for extraneous reasons. There were safeguards for securitymen during an open war in laws like the emergency provisions or the Disturbed Areas Act, Advani said adding that in an abnormal situation of proxy war, there are no legal provisions to protect a policeman who has done something in a bonafide manner to provide security to the common people. The Home Ministry was in discussion with the Law Ministry to amend the laws for this purpose, Advani had said. Interestingly, trouble-torn Jammu and Kashmir has reported maximum number of human rights violation incidents with 109 cases during 2000-01 as against 16 in 1999-2000 showing nearly 700 per cent increase, the NHRC data said. Jammu and Kashmir was followed by National Capital Delhi with 84 cases of human rights violation. No case of human rights violation against armed and para-military forces was reported from places like Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep, Pondicherry and newly- created Chattisgarh, the sources said.


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