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Human shield row: SHRC directs J-K govt to provide Rs 10 lakh as compensation to victim

Human shield row: On April 9, when the Srinagar parliamentary constituency was going for a re-poll, an army officer Major Nitin Gogoi tied a civilian to the bonnet of army vehicle and paraded him 19 different villages of district Budgam.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: July 10, 2017 5:30 pm
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Saying that “such a treatment to human being can’t be accepted by any civilized society”, the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has directed the J-K government to pay rupees ten lakhs as compensation to Farooq Ahmad Dar, a civilian tied to the Bonnet of the vehicle by Army on April 9.

“The report of the police accepts that Farooq Ahmad Dar … was tied to bonnet of a vehicle and used as human shield… There are laws in this country and international laws which prohibit such a treatment even to a convict. Such a treatment to human being cannot be accepted in a civilized society,” said Justice (Retd) Bilal Nazki in his judgement. Nazki is the chairperson of the State Human Rights Commission. “The protection of life and liberty of the people is basic responsibility of the state government. The Commission thinks it appropriate to direct the state government to pay compensation of Rs 10 lakhs to the victim”.

The Commission, however, didn’t rule on the role and culpability of the army officer in the case citing the “limited applicability of the Protection for Human Rights Act 1993 to the state of Jammu and Kashmir”.

On April 9, when the Srinagar parliamentary constituency was going for a re-poll, an army officer Major Nitin Gogoi tied a civilian to the bonnet of army vehicle and paraded him 19 different villages of district Budgam. While the army said it did it to save the lives of people from stone throwing protestors, the act was widely condemned – both nationally and internationally.

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While the army ordered a probe into the incident, army chief Gen Bipin Rawat appreciated Major Gogoi’s act and also awarded him with a commendation medal.

Following it, a human rights activist from Kashmir Ahsan Untoo approached the State Human Rights Commission. The Commission in its judgment has said that the “State government cannot escape from the responsibility of having failed to protect human rights” of a citizen.

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  1. Rabindra Nath Roy
    Jul 15, 2017 at 4:04 pm
    The Judgement of the State Human Rights Commission - " such a treatment to human being cant be accepted by any civilised society" and the SHRC Chairperson in its judgement has said - "State Govt. cannot escape from the responsibility of Having failed to protect human rights" of a citizen. And the immediate statement came from a Minister at the centre that no this cannot be. Question certainly arise whether person like General VP Malik (RTD) former Chief of Army Staff who supported the uncivilized act of Army of a civilised nation like India and not to say a little of our present General Bipin Rawat of whom we the Indian must be proud do have to hang our head in shame that if he can support and award such acts by his Army officer to his own citizen what he would be doing in the war with the captured soldiers and civilians of the enemy country? It is also matter of concern that all Politicians who condemned such heinous act allowing and awarding human shield did nothing.
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      klakshmanaswamy
      Jul 11, 2017 at 6:19 pm
      SAP FICO ONLINE TRAINING Strange thing as a shield!
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        K Ganesan
        Jul 11, 2017 at 1:03 pm
        No need. If SHRC feels so its members should donate their ry or sitting fee to the alleged victim.
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          mgd
          Jul 11, 2017 at 11:28 am
          This decision of SHRC can be appealed against in HC/SC. As the J K govt. has been asked to pay the compensation, any resident of that state can file a PIL as the money will be going out of the taxes paid by him.
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            Indra
            Jul 11, 2017 at 9:30 am
            Let SHRC members collect the compensation money from the contribution appeal to Kashmiris or pay from their own remuneration or savings. SHRC must not give decision in this childlike manner. They can do many other good things.
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