‘Stripped naked, hung upside down’: UN Rapporteurs on Waheed Parra’s detention » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar (KMS): The United Nations Rapporteurs have disclosed that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader, Waheed Parra, in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), was subjected to abusive interrogations after his arrest by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which lasted from 10 to 12 hours at a time.

In a report released in New York, the UN Rapporteurs pointed out that Parra was questioned about his participation in a meeting with UN Security Council members.

The Rappourters have made public their communication concerning allegations of “arbitrary detention, extrajudicial killing, enforced disappearance and torture and ill-treatment committed against the three Kashmiris including Waheed Parra, Irfan Ahmad Dar, and Naseer Ahmad Wani.

“Parra was held in a dark underground cell at subzero temperature, was deprived of sleep, kicked, slapped, beaten with rods, stripped naked and hung upside down. His ill-treatment was recorded,” the UN report read.

The UN Rapporteurs said that Parra was examined by a government doctor three times since his arrest last November and three times by a psychiatrist. He requested medication for insomnia and anxiety, the UN report said.

Para is a grassroots level political and social activist advocating the cause of youth in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He is also a member of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership, a peace-builder, and serves as the youth President of pro-India People Democratic Party.

Parra became victim of NIA after raising alarm about the Government of India’s actions towards Kashmiris in the Muslim dominated occupied territory.

He is from Naira in South Kashmir’s Pulwama District and previously worked as a journalist, who produced a number of human-interest news stories and anchored television shows broadcasted in the Jammu and Kashmir. Para remained under house arrest until September 2020.

On 25 November 2020, Para was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and held in their custody for one month at their headquarters in New Delhi, where he was subjected to ill-treatment. Parra was permitted to meet with his attorney and a family member separately approximately ten days after his arrest and again in the third week of his detention. All visits were conducted under surveillance.

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