Refusing compensation to torture survivor a heartless step: AI » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, November 16 (KMS): Amnesty International has said that the refusal by Indian authorities to pay compensation to a man who was strapped to a jeep and paraded by army personnel is a callous attempt at evading its human rights obligations. Zahoor Wani, Senior Campaigner at Amnesty International India in a statement said that refusing Farooq Dar to pay compensation for torture is a human rights violation.
On 27 October, the Home Department had rejected a recommendation from the territory’s Human Rights Commission to give Farooq Dar Rs 1,000,000 as compensation for humiliation, physical and psychological torture, stress, wrongful restraint and confinement.

Zahoor Wani said, “The fact that Farooq Dar was tied to an army jeep and paraded is not in dispute. Authorities have an obligation to provide him with adequate remedy, which includes compensation, and ensure that those suspected of responsibility are prosecuted in civilian courts.”

He added that the authorities must not look for excuses to shirk ftheir obligations. “This incident highlights the need for a strong law to combat torture and other ill-treatment. India needs to urgently ratify the UN Convention against Torture, as recommended recently by India’s Law Commission.”

Farooq Dar was strapped to a moving Indian Army jeep and driven around for over five hours in Budgam district on 9 April.KMS—8K

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