WEB DESK: Indian Army is involved in covering up thousands of extra-judicial killing, sexual violence, disappearances and torture in Jammu & Kashmire, an independent report released on Wednesday stated.
The report by Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons and International Peoples’ Tribunal for Human Rights and Justice in Indian Administered Kashmir, illustrates the pattern of the crimes through 333 individual case studies of human rights violation, which identify the tactics, structures and forms of human rights violation by Indian army in Jammu and Kashmir.
The report documents the extra-judicial killings of 1080 persons and forced disappearances of 172 persons and numerous cases of torture and sexual violence. Over 972 specific alleged perpetrators of crimes dating back to 1990s are identified.
The report defines the structure of Indian Army and Border Security Force (BSF) from highest ranking officers to Battalion level.
The report which took two years to compile finds that the army at the Sector level had control over, and is responsible for the crimes committed in the areas of study.
Further, the Indian army controlled, armed and financed government gunmen – Ikhwan and Muslim Mujahideen – and used these operatives to commit crimes. The violence, obfuscation and impunity at every step illuminate the system at work and restate the argument that there can be no justice from the judicial system.
The report finds that Army structure of violence specifically court martial is used as tool by the corrupt officials to protect their people.
The report emphasizes that the extra-judicial killing, disappearances and sexual violence is of mass level and taken out under the knowledge of the senior officials.
According to Amnesty International, more than 96 percent of all allegations of human rights violations pitted against India’s personnel in the disputed territory have been declared as “false or baseless”.
Amnesty welcomed the move but cautioned that “for justice to be consistently delivered, security force personnel accused of human rights violations should be prosecuted in civilian courts”
Over the past two decades more than 60,000 people have been killed in the insurgency, and the dispute remains a perilous red herring in India-Pakistan relations, according to Al Jazeera.