Human Rights

Molestation bid triggers protest in Handwara

Srinagar, August 17: In Handwara, forceful anti-India demonstration was held against the attempt of Indian troops to molest a 22-year-old girl at Pranjroo in the town.

A molestation bid by Indian troopers sparked massive protests in Mawar area of Handwara. People caught the accused, blackened their faces and beat them up before handing them over to police

APDP finds more unmarked graves in Kashmir

Srinagar, August 20: Rights workers have discovered several unmarked graves containing about 1,500 unidentified bodies in Kashmir, a prominent rights group said Thursday, adding that some of corpses were likely innocent people killed by government gunmen forces.

Researchers from the Association of Parents of Disappeared People, or APDP, says at least eight of the graves held more than one body.

Last year in a report titled, "Facts Under Ground" APDP had reported finding the unmarked graves of about 1,000 people near Uri, an area near the Line of Control.

Shopian case being covered up: Delhi-based women’s group

‘Investigations making no headway’
Srinagar, August 30 : The Delhi-based women’s group member of Independent Women’s Initiative for Justice in Shopian (MIWIJS) has said that the authorities are being deliberately misdirecting the investigations in the Shopian rape and murder case of17-year-old Asiya Jan and her 22-year-old sister-in-law Neelofer Jan.

‘Frame independent inquiry commission’

Srinagar, August 31: On the International Day of the Disappeared, scores of people, whose kith and kin have gone missing in custody during past almost two decades, staged a sit-in here urged government of India and authorities to come out with the whereabouts of their dear ones.

The International Day of the Disappeared on August 30 is an annual commemoration day created to draw attention to the fate of individuals imprisoned at places and under poor conditions unknown to their relatives and/or legal representatives.

Dughter of Missing in custody became bread earner in her teens

Srinagar, September 01: Masarat lost her parents when she did not have the understanding of the world around. She had barely entered her teens and had to assume the role of the bread-earner. She along with her two sisters is living with her grand parents who can barely survive themselves. Their father, Abdul Hamid Dar went missing 14 years ago.

Abdul Hamid Dar, a tailor by profession was arrested by the 28 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), eleven years ago, Masarat revealed.

Father of disappeared son seeks justice

Srinagar, September 06: An aged father, Abdul Rehman Najar, 70, whose son has been subjected to enforced disappearance in 1992, has sought intervention of political parties to force administration to implement the judgment of the Human Rights Commission, which has recommended ex-gratia in his favour.

The commission in 2007 in an order directed the authorities to provide Abdul Rehman Najar, 70, ex-gratia. However, the authority is not implementing the recommendations.

Farmers forced labour by BSF

Jammu, September 15: Farmers living along the Indo-Pak border are a harassed lot at the hands of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF), which takes non-military work (labour) from them but doesn’t pay even a penny to them.

Farmers in the villages like Chak Hanso, Fatehpur Camp, Tonkana Wali, Raipur, Saidaan, Kathmarian, Abdullian   and RS Pura areas in Jammu said that the BSF personnel engage them in forced labour, report Indian Tribune News Service.

The garden of the martyrs of Kashmir

Eidgah remembered more for graveyard than a place of worship
Srinagar: As people across the Srinagar city prepare to offer the Eid prayers at the Eidgah grounds, the historical piece of land is more recognized as a ‘martyr’s graveyard’ than a place of worship.

For 20 yrs, ailing father looks for missing son in Srinagar

Srinagar, October 05: The 20-year old Mushtaq Ahmad Regoo, a butcher, of Karfali Mohalla in Srinagr disappeared on March 21, 1989, when he was returning home from Sarai Bala after his father, Ghulam Hassan Regoo, arrived at the shop. Mushtaq used to assist his father at the shop  The ailing father is still waiting for the arrival of his son.