Twenty five years after the introduction of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir, the state continues to enjoy impunity, said the report “Denied: Failures in accountability for human rights violations by security force personnel in Jammu and Kashmir“.
“Not a single member of the security forces deployed in the state has been tried for human rights violations in a civilian court,” said Minar Pimple, director of global operations at Amnesty International.
However, in November 2014, the Indian Army had revealed that a court martial convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment five soldiers for shooting and killing three men in a “fake encounter” in Machil in Jammu and Kashmir in 2010.
Amnesty International too welcomed the measure and said: “For justice to be consistently delivered, security force personnel accused of human rights violations should be prosecuted in civilian courts.”
Amnesty International’s research manager Divya Iyer said: “Not a single family interviewed for the report had been informed by the authorities of the status or outcome of a sanction request in relation to their case.”
Iyer said: “By not addressing human rights violations committed by security force personnel in the name of national security, India has failed its own Constitution.”