PROTECT FORCES SERVING IN JAMMU AND KASHMIR FROM STONE PELTERS

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"Do personnel of armed forces, facing grave and serious violations of human rights, not deserve the attention and empathy of the custodians of human rights?"

Army has been deployed in J&K since the state machinery was incapable of handling the law and order situation. But the irony is that the very administration which the Army seeks to assist and support has failed to safeguard the human rights of the armed forces personnel.

Referring to the Shopian incident of Army personnel firing in self-defence and registration of FIR against them, the question is why no FIR has been registered against stone-pelters and only against soldiers who were acting in self defence. Shopian was not an isolated incident there are several others , neither the state government nor the Centre did anything to protect them.

six days back from now,Jammu and Kashmir government has approved withdrawal of cases registered against 9,730 people involved in stone-pelting incidents, including first-time offenders, between 2008 and 2017 but they are unable to eradicate the inequity, basically this shows the system failure and inefficiency of governance in the state. For records,11566 security personnel injured in stone-pelting incidents in last 3 years 

On one hand, the Army is expected to curb unlawful and disruptive activities by trouble-makers but while doing so they are expected to face attacks on them without having the human rights to defend their lives. They are expected to watch their troops suffer injuries, deaths and also witness their vehicles burnt, rifles snatched etc. All these actions are violations of human rights of the personnel.

other countries have prescribed stringent punishment for those throwing stones at armed forces personnel. In the US, they said, a person or group of persons throwing stones at armed forces personnel can be jailed for life. In Israel it was up to 20 years, New Zealand it is 14 years, Australia 5 years and UK 3-5 years.

This sought urgent intervention of NHRC to hold inquiry into stone-pelting incidents and protect human rights violations of armed forces personnel.

 



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