482 human rights violation cases against security men since 1990

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By Arteev Sharma

Jammu: In a startling disclosure, the ruling Mehbooba Mufti-led government has said a total of 482 cases have been registered against security personnel for human rights violations since 1990 till date but the investigating agencies have produced charge sheets in 29 percent cases only.The cases registered against security personnel comprised alleged custodial killings, custodial disappearance and rape or molestation.

At least 322 cases either remained untraced or are still under investigation.

According to the data of the state Home Ministry, a total of 293 cases of alleged custodial killings have been registered against security personnel since 1990 to January 31 this year.“Of these, challans were presented in only 65 cases in the courts while 44 are still under investigation.

At least 170 cases remain untraced while four cases were declined on various grounds. Ten cases were not admitted on the ground that these were accidental,” the data revealed.

Similarly, 99 cases of alleged custodial disappearance were registered from 1990 to January 31 this year. “Of these, chargesheets were produced in eight cases only while 36 cases are still under investigation. As many as 52 cases were untraced and three were not admitted on various grounds,” it showed.

Besides, 90 cases of alleged rape or molestation were registered against security personnel during the period. Of these cases, challans were presented in 67, one was under investigation and nine cases were untraced. “At least 13 cases were not admitted on different grounds,” the data said.Interestingly, the state government forwarded 33 cases to the Union Home Ministry and Ministry of Defence where the Centre was either yet to award sanction for prosecution of security personnel or the prosecution was declined.

On Friday, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah while questioning Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s commitment to take the FIR in Shopian incident case to its logical conclusion said the Centre had granted no prosecution in about 50 such cases forwarded by the state since 2000.

“At least 47 requests for prosecution of Central security forces personnel out of 50 have been rejected in cases related to human rights violations in the state,” he had said.

Source: The Tribune

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