Pay Rs 70,000 to journalist tortured in Kashmir: SHRC

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Srinagar, Oct 16 (UNI) The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has directed the administration to pay a compensation of Rs 70,000 to a journalist and Human Right activist, who was brutalised by unidentified people last year.

The SHRC acting chairperson H U Bhat gave the verdict on a petition filed by Journalist Naseer Ahmad Khora of Doda district in which he alleged that on the evening of May five, 2007, some unidentified armed people forcibly abducted him and lifted in a jeep and released him after inflicting severe brutalities.

The petitioner was insulted to the extent that a part of his beard was shaved causing scratches on his face.

A case was registered in this regard but investigation did not yield any result.

The journalist was also hospitalised and as such it appears that he was subjected to brutalities and extreme type of torture.

The SHRC, therefore, should come to the rescue of the petitioner whose human rights violations are not exceptionally grave but also pose a threat to the freedom of press and expression.

''Attacking, assaulting and brutalising a journalist and human rights activist is a contempt of Constitution and insult to the democracy,'' the SHRC noted.

Freedom of press and expression cannot be throttled by undesirable elements and nobody should be protected if found to have culled a journalist's voice, it said.

The petitioner deserves compensation of Rs 70,000 from the state for the brutalities which he suffered at the hands of miscreants, the Commission noted.

The recommendation is submitted to the State Government through learned Chief Secretary.

UNI XC YSS ARB NS1432

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