Justice a victim of military suppression in Kashmir: Report

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New Delhi, Nov 19(UNI) Two human rights bodies today released a report on the role of the army in Jammu and Kashmir, alleging that justice has been the victim of the long years of military suppression in the strife-torn state.

Releasing the joint report 'Missing in Action: A Report on Judiciary, Justice and Army Impunity in Kashmir', Peoples Union for Democratic Rights and Public Commission told a news conference, '' When crimes are committed against the people by the government forces, justice is denied to them; a course of action which not only signals the defeat of political-solution seeking, but also aggravates the original problem.

The report, based on the recent judgement of the Supreme Court in the Masooda Parveen versus Union of India case, said the denial of compensation to Ms Parveen, wife of one Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Regoo who died in army custody on February 3, 1998, labelling her husband ''a militant'' despite the fact that the no ''evidence exists to this effect except the army's claim that the deceased had confessed to being a Pakistan-trained militant.

''In the case, Ms Parveen had directly approached the Supreme Court, asking for compensation for her husband alleged custody death,'' PUDR spokesperson Gautam Navlakha said.

The report further alleged that by brushing aside all the contradictions in the official version of events, the judgement has established a precedent of sharply lowering the threshold of evidence required to exonerate security forces.

He said even the review petition in the case was rejected by the apex court on October 11 this year.

Mr Navlakha said as the word of the apex court is the law of the land and a wrong precedent has been set by viewing the case through ''the lens of national security'', ''giving ample power to the army to continue its suppressive activities with impunity''.

UNI

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