Army's Rights Record In J&K Satisfactory: Report
15 November 2004
New Delhi: The Army has been able to maintain a satisfactory record of human right observance in Jammu and Kashmir while combating terrorism in the state.Despite a total of 1,389 allegations of human right violations hurled at the Army in the state in the last 10 years, only 34 of those allegations were found correct. And in these 34 cases, a total of 73 Army officers and jawans were meted out exemplary punishment, ranging from termination of service to rigorous jail term of up to 14 years. According to a Union Home Ministry dossier on human right violations by the Army in J&K during the last ten years, the Army faced a total of eight allegations of human right violations this year till September 30. It faced 16 allegations in 2003, 122 in 2002, 108 in 2001, 96 in 2000 and a total of 839 allegations between 1994-99. Out of the total 1,389 allegations of human right violation, only 34 were found correct after painstaking investigation by independent authorities. Out of these 34, three pertained to custodial death, eight of rape, nine of molestation, two of injuries to civilians, nine other types of minor offences. For these violations, a total of 28 officers and 45 junior commissioned officers and other ranks were meted out various types of punishment. While one officer has been dismissed from service, another has been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment of more than eight years. Four others have got jail terms up to eight years. Twenty-two other officers have also been awarded various other types of punishments. Out of 45 JCOs and other ranks found guilty of various types of offences, four were dismissed from the services, 14 were given jail term of more than eight years, five got jail terms of up to eight years, one was dismissed from the service along with a jail term of one year, while nine had to serve rigorous imprisonment in military custody. Twelve other JCOs and other ranks were meted out various other types of punishment.