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Stone pelting in J&K : Three children of Army officers filed complaint, NHRM takes cognisance

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The NHRC has taken cognisance of a complaint filed by three children of Army officers alleging violation of human rights of the force’s personnel in recent incidents of stone-throwing in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a statement today, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said the complainants have also sought its “intervention for an appropriate enquiry in the recent incident of stone-pelting on Army personnel in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on January 27”

In their complaint, the three children of Army officers have said they were “disturbed” by the recent incidents of stone-throwing on security forces, according to the statement.

“They alleged, quoting news reports, that the attack on an army convoy in Shopian district was completely unprovoked an unwarranted; still an FIR was registered against the army personnel. They quoted, date wise, a series of incidents wherein, allegedly, the army faced hostilities from the very people, it was deployed to protect. Not only that, even FIRs were registered against the army,” the NHRC statement said.

“It is pointed out in the complaint that the administration, which is being assisted by the Indian Army, has failed to safeguard the human rights of the members of the Armed Forces. They cited instances of various countries, wherein severe punishment is meted out to those involved in stone pelting on Armed Forces. They have also stated that it is revealed that the FIRs, registered against the stone pelters and perpetrators of violence, had been withdrawn upon the directions of the Government of J&K and that it will definitely lower down the morale of the troops,” the statement added.

The commission has observed that in view of the facts narrated and allegations levelled in the complaint, “it will be appropriate to call for a factual report from the Ministry of Defence, through its secretary, to know the present status of the situation and steps taken by the Union government on the points raised by the complainants regarding alleged humiliation and violation of the human rights of the Army personnel in the state of Jammu and Kashmir”.

A communication has been sent to the defence secretary, seeking a report in four weeks, it said.

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