Srinagar, May 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has termed the recent report released by the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) and Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) that depicts grim and serious picture of the torture being inflicted by Indian forces on the people of the Kashmir as an eye-opener for all those who believe in sanctity and dignity of the human life and spirit.

The forum in a statement issued in Srinagar said the report focuses on just 432 cases includes 24 women, out of these 12 had been raped by Indian armed personnel. “301 victims were civilians, and 258 of them had no affiliations with political or other groups and 27 were minors when tortured. At least 50 victims were said to have been tortured as a measure of punishment,” the statement said while quoting the report.

While describing the revelations as shocking, the forum said that the grotesque human rights violations including those mentioned in the report were committed due to legal, political and moral impunity extended to the Indian armed forces, not a single prosecution has taken place in any case of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.

The statement sought immediate attention of world bodies including United Nations Human Rights Council, Amnesty International, Asia Watch, International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) as well as human rights groups in India towards the report urging them to take strong note of the shocking revelations made in the report and build pressure on New Delhi to stop brutal human rights violations in Kashmir.

The Hurriyat forum said that torture was nothing new in Kashmir and from past several decades such incidents were taking place where in youth, women and elderly have been brutally tortured by the forces.

The 560-page report has also been endorsed by former UN special rapporteur, Juan E. Mendez.

Meanwhile, a Hurriyat spokesman paid rich tributes to the two youth martyred by Indian troops in Kulgam district.


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