Human Rights

A 7th class Faizan’s mother speaks,‘My son was beaten and drowned by SOG personnel ’

Baramulla, July 29:  “When I heard that someone has drowned in Jhelum, I went rushing to the spot because I knew my son had gone out. There I saw policemen and Special Operation Group (SOG) men firing teargas shells on someone drowning in Jhelum. But that moment I did not know it was my son, Faizan,” reveals wailing Fareeda, mother of Faizan a student of seventh class who was chased to death by  SOG forces in Baramulla town.

His prediction proved right, says a distraught father

Srinagar, Aug 17: “His prediction that he will be martyred proved right,” said Abdul Ahad, father of Umar Ahad Dar a 10th class student, who was killed in police and CRPF firing on a pro freedom protest demonstration at Narbal Chowk on August 14.

Sitting among the middle of dozens of other people in his small house compound with tearful eyes, Ahad told Kashmir Times that Umar had already predicted few days back that he will be martyred after witnessing series of civilian killings in Kashmir.

Families of two persons killed in custody seeks justice

Srinagar, Sept 04: The families of two victims of Indain state terrorism, who were killed in custody by Indian troops, are yet to get justice even after the passage of 13 years and despite the fact that police and the authority sponsored Human Rights Commission had also clearly held Indian troops responsible for the custodial killings of the two persons of Poonch.

Wamiq Farooq died due to shelling by police officer: judicial probe

Srinagar, December 08, 2010 : In Srinagar, the judicial enquiry conducted by a Srinagar court has concluded that teenager, Wamiq Farooq died due to unprovoked shelling by a police officer. The judiciary inquiry report confirmed the involvement of a policeman in the killing of Wamiq Farooq. The report said that an Assistant Sub-Inspector without any provocation fired a tear smoke shell at the teenager.

After bullets, pellets shatter Teli family in Sopore

Srinagar, December 08,2010: Like many families in Kashmir, the family in Arampora, Sopore have borne the brunt of the turmoil. In 2008, during the Muzaffarabad Chalo march, Fatima and her son Arif were hit by bullets. While the mother recuperated Arif couldn’t. But that wasn’t the end of family’s misfortunes. This year another tragedy struck the family when Fatima’s 19-year-old son, Wasim lost his eyesight due to a pellet fired by paramilitary forces.

HRC orders magisterial probe of 1994 Kulgam killing

Srinagar, Dec 22: In Srinagar, the Human Rights Commission of Kashmir has asked the authority to conduct a magisterial inquiry into the circumstances that led to the death of a Kulgam villager, who was shot dead by the Indian Army from point-blank range in 1994, and later on dubbed him as a militant.

Injured by teargas shell struggling for survival in Srinagar

Srinagar, Dec 22: While the use of force by the Indian paramilitary forces and Special Operations Group seems endless in Kashmir, it has paralysed many lives forever here. For the past three years in particular, this use of force by paramilitary forces has been most rampant thereby affecting peoples’ lives seriously.

Lawyers go on strike in Kashmir

 Srinagar, March 7:  Work in courts across Kashmir Valley was hit on Monday due to a 2-day strike called by a lawyers' body against detention of its President, Mian Abdul Qayoom and General Secretary, GN Shaheen under Public Safety Act (PSA). 

Members of Kashmir High Court Bar Association (KHCBA) abstained work in the courts, including the Srinagar High Court, demanding immediate release of their President Mian Abdul Qayoom. 

Palhallan 2010: Life, death and game of cricket

Srinagar,  April 02, 2011: Adil Ramzan, 12, lies buried adjacent to his school at Palhallan, in Baramulla  district. There is a grave. It was dug last summer adjacent to the yard of Raipora Public school. The school has opened after winter break. Exuberant children run around aimlessly. However, during the lunch hours some boys sit around this grave. The boys are school friends of Adil Ramzan - who rests inside.