SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Wednesdayrevealed that his party is coming with the documentation of torture victims of Kashmir soon.
“Our party has a particular ideology and our documentation may be accused of non factual reporting but we are working on the documentation of the torture victims of the Valley and soon we will make the document public,” said Mirwaiz in a film screening function held at party headquarters at Rajbagh.
Mirwaiz told audience that there is a need of non-partisan institutes to come forward and document cases of abuses.
“People who ought to be tried in court of law for their criminal acts against Kashmiris are being encouraged by the state and are given berths in pro-Indian parties. It shows that how much ‘pro-people’ these political parties are and showcases the level of justice prevailing in the conflict torn Kashmir,” Hurriyat (M) chairman was speaking in a film screening function “Shattered Dreams” on the use of pellet guns, the condition of its victims and its damage to human life in Kashmir made by party legal cell.
Human rights Lawyer and chairman Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Societies Parvez Imroz lauded the effort of Hurriyat (M) saying that the effort of documentation must be done in an organised way. “Resistances all over the world have been documented in an organized way which unfortunately is lacking here,” Imroz said.
Imroz asked to hold the perpetrators of the human rights abuse morally accountable as they enjoy legal impunity. “We have to indict them morally,” he said.
“We still lack proper documentation of torture victims in Valley,” said Imroz adding, “Along with pellet guns, psychological and physical torture of five lakh people by forces too is a cause of concern.”
Senior journalist Zahir-ud-Din said that people have been accusing Kashmiris of not documenting their sufferings themselves. “But we have time and again proven that we can document our own stories,” Zahir said.
He asked Hurriyat (M) to coordinate with legal experts and professional moviemakers so that ‘perfection is created in what we do’. “JKCCS is always ready to help in this endeavour,” he said.
Abdul Mannan Bukhari, head of the legal cell Hurriyat (M) said, “There are 350 cases of pellet gun injuries, 150 of whom have eye injuries. Pellet gun has also caused six deaths so far.”
“Those who have lost their eye sight due to pellet gun injuries are leading a tedious life and the documentary tells the story in their own words,” Bukhari said.