The Centre has announced it would pay compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to families of the 106 people,most of them teenage boys,killed by police and CRPF in Kashmir in the past three months. But the families are not sure if they will take the money.
Some of the families say they dont want the money; they only want to see those who killed their children brought to justice. Is the ex-gratia going to get my son back, asks Mohammad Ashraf Parray,an auto-rickshaw driver whose 14-year-old son Irshad Ahmad was killed on August 30 near Sherbagh in Anantnag. My son was killed deliberately by the police. I want justice,nothing else.
The compensation,Parray says,will do no good. I dont want more young boys to die. Instead of the package,the government should address the real issue, he says.
Abdul Qayoom,whose 17-year-old son Umar was tortured to death,is undecided whether to take the money. I am still grieving the death of my only son…, he says. For me,the first priority is to see that the police officers who tortured my son to death are punished. I have already moved the court.
Adil Ramzans family says they wont take the money. Adil was killed by police and CRPF men at Pattan on July 30. My nephew was killed because he was asking for Azadi. Money is no answer to our demand, says Adils uncle Mohammad Ismal,who runs a grocery at Palhalan which has seen nine deaths since June 11. For us,justice only means the right to self-determination.
Family of Ishtiyaq Ahmad Khanday,16,who was killed on June 29,says money wont heal their wounds. My cousin and three other boys were shot in the compound of our house. He wasnt part of any protest,but still he was killed, says his cousin Asif. We know the policemen who killed him. For us,the biggest compensation will be if they are punished.
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