Dar’s family relaxed after the order
Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Monday directed the government to pay Rs 10 lakh as compensation to Farooq Ahmad Dar – who was used as a human shield by army – within six weeks. The commission also directed chief secretary to file the compliance report within the same period.
Dar, a resident of Budgam village, was tied to the bonnet of an army jeep by soldiers led by Major Gogoi and paraded through several villages on April 9,the day Srinagar parliamentary constituency went for polls. The day was marked with violence and resulted into killing of eight civilians.
In spite of taking action against the act, which drew outrage from human rights bodies, Major Gogoi was awarded by the army.
Farooq Ahmad Dar said today’s order has proven his innocence. “I was declared as stone thrower and was hurt when Major Gogoi was rewarded. Now everyone knows I was not a stone thrower. We feel respite and relaxed after long time,” Dar told Kashmir Reader.
Untoo, chairman of International Forum for Human Rights Justice, who took the case to SHRC said, “It is a slap on those who have rewarded Major Gogoi”.
“Without doubt this compensation won’t lessen the pain of Dar but it will definitely help him. This compensation will make him feel that security forces have no license to use humans as shield and I hope this brings cheer to him and his family,” he added.
Untoo said he has filed three petitions with the commission for using Dar as human shield, awarding Major Gogoi and glorification by Indian media.
“First and second has been disposed and third one is going on. From today’s order itself, nobody has right to take Kashmiri as human shield and these kinds of incidents if remain unnoticed will be repeated again and again. So it has to be fought out,” he added.
The SHRC chairman Justice (retd) Bilal Nazki refused to include army in the case saying it doesn’t have jurisdiction over the army. “The compensation is meant for protection of life and dignity (of Farooq Ahmad Dar),” he told Kashmir Reader.
Dar’s family said they feel relaxed the SHRC order.