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SHRC takes J&K govt to task for refusing compensation to human shield victim

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The state human rights commission (SHRC) on Monday took serious note of the state government’s non-compliance with orders in regard to the turning-down of a recommendation seeking Rs 10 lakh as compensation for a civilian used as a human shield by the Indian army on 9 April in Kashmir’s Budgam district. The commission has asked the state to appear before it on 12 December to argue the case.

The State-run Commission took serious note of the points made by the government with regard to the human shield case, saying that “it is a sensitive matter that needs to be looked into seriously”.

“It is a sensitive matter, government should clear its stand,” Chairman SHRC Justice (retd) Bilal Ahmed Nazki said.

The commission has asked the government to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to human shield victim Farooq Ahmed Dar of Budgam. However, the government refused to implement the commission’s recommendations on the ground that “no allegation of human rights violation has been levelled by the applicant against the state or its any functionary”.

The government also questioned the rights body’s jurisdiction to adjudicate on the matter.

On Monday, the representatives of the government and the victim himself along with the chairman of the International Forum for Justice, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, appeared before the commission.

The commission raised objections over the government’s stand and asked it to appear before it on 12 December this year to argue the case.

The government was represented by Additional Advocate General MM Khan and Chief Prosecuting Officer Mumtaz Saleem.

Dar, a resident of Budgam village, was tied to the bonnet of an army jeep by soldiers led by Major Gogoi and was paraded through several villages on 9 April, the day the Srinagar parliamentary constituency went for polls. The day was marked by protests, which resulted in the killing of eight civilians. In spite of action being taken against Major Gogoi, whose act drew outrage from human rights bodies, the officer was subsequently awarded by the army.

Source: Kashmir Reader