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Kashmir — Govt. indulges in torture: JKCCS

Accusing the state government of policy of torture on people executed by security forces under its command and control, Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) on December 21 said that torture here has been used as one of the major weapons for breaking “will of people and silencing or exhausting dissenting population”. “The recent Wikileaks disclosures about ICRC’s information sharing with US diplomats in New Delhi is not a discovery for people of Jammu and Kashmir who themselves are witnessing and bearing various forms of torture being practiced on them by security forces and police for the last two decades”, says a statement by JKCCS. It added “torture has been very effectively used to prevent linking of people for social and political formations. Torture has succeeded in enabling fragmentation of society and has discouraged political processes”. JKCCS stated there could be “more than 1,00,000 torture survivors in the state. Hundreds of deaths would have taken place due to torture in last two decades. Torture has also resulted into various forms of disabilities among the survivors”.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2011 on page no. 15

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