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Published in the 16-30 Nov 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

575 Human rights cases in J&K during 2003-04

Srinagar: The J&K human rights commission (SHRC) received 575 complaints of human rights abuses in 2003-2004. 

Statistics available with SHRC reveal that the complaints include cases of 23 death compensation, 14 compassionate appointments, 41 ex-gratia relief, 46 harassment, 15 custodial deaths, 27 disappearances, four murders, one abduction, two rapes, seven service matters and one sodomy. From April 2004 to September 28, 2004 the commission received 240 cases of which 190 had been disposed off. In 2002-03, SHRC received 482 complaints which include 28 death compensation, 28 investigation/enquiry, 14 compassionate appointments, 146 ex-gratia relief, 50 harassment, 12 custodial deaths, 73 disappearances, 40 releases, 12 murders and three rapes. 

Chairman of the SHRC Justice (retd) Ali Mohommad Mir said that they have received almost same complaints over the last three years, a Kashmir Times report said on 4 November. Prominent human rights activist Parvez Imroz, counters the government view saying that there is no improvement in the human rights violations in Kashmir. "We could realize that stopping the human rights violation altogether is not in the hands of state government because armed forces and para military forces do not come under their control. But at least we were expecting accountability from this government which is missing", said Imroz. 

He added that the government ordered probe into 52 cases but the findings were not made public. "Plus the government has itself said that it has suspended one SP and terminated an SHO. But suspension is not a punishment. The government has nothing to offer", he said. 

See also: Eye-witness accounts of Shopian killings

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