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Cases of the disappeared in J&K

The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) here on May 10 said that 44 cases of disappearances have reached a stage where judiciary has ordered arrest of armed forces involved in the crime. The court has ordered sanction from the government to arrest the perpetrators, but the Government of India has not granted sanction to a single case since the last two decades.

“These are the cases where the truth about the involvement of the armed forces in the crime has been established by the courts,” the spokesperson said, adding that the inquiry commissions ordered in the past have shielded the perpetrators of human rights in Kashmir. “From Shopian, Pathribal to Machil intimidation of eyewitnesses, fudging of DNA samples and complete denial of involvement of the Indian armed forces in such crimes have been the tactics that the state has continuously employed to shield the perpetrators.” The Association urged international community to put pressure on the Indian state to grant sanction for the arrest of perpetrators and order international commissions of inquiry in the cases of mass graves in Kashmir. “Disappearance as an ongoing and un-resolved crime is inextricably linked to the continued trauma of the family members of the victims who experience it. This in turn is directly associated with the nature of impunity enjoyed by those in power who resist efforts to establish the truth and justice for the victims.” Apart from social, psychological and economic stress, the families of disappeared persons suffer from trauma, torture, alienation, harassment and hardship. “Disappearance of people ruptures and undermines the shared social and cultural norms of society, replacing any sense of normality in everyday life with fear, insecurity and mistrust,” the spokesperson added. (Afsana Rashid)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 June 2016 on page no. 15

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