SRINAGAR: Islamic scholars and the two top resistance leaders have said that by accepting government money and jobs, the kin of those killed by government forces during last year’s uprising were committing no sin, neither should they feel guilty.
Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told Kashmir Reader that the money provided by the government to the kin of the victims of “state violence” was legally not compensation as the victim families can demand it—including the amount—as a right.
Families of civilians killed by government forces during the past 27 years have been provided ex gratia, ranging between Rs 1 lakh to Rs Rs 4 lakh, and a job to the next of kin of victims.
“There are international conventions and obligations for an occupying state to give compensation to those over whom its military has perpetuated horrors and human rights abuses,” said Mirwaiz.
“Ex gratia amount has been used a mechanism of control and manipulation to bargain with us (people). The Indian state uses military and institutional power to keep people under occupation,” he added.
Ayaz Akbar, spokesman of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani, told Kashmir Reader the families that accept government compensation “don’t commit a sin because it is blood money the state is providing them for murdering their kin”.
“We salute those who refuse to take any money from the state but one those who do are not guilty of anything,” Akbar said.
During the ongoing assembly session, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for the families of those killed by government forces during protests.
Many victim families have decided to accept the money, while many others have rejected it.
Mufti Mujahid Shabir Ahmad Falahi, an Islamic scholar said that Islamic law “allows” the acceptance of money but he believes the state would project it in its own perspective.
“But in case of Jammu and Kashmir the acceptance of money would be equated with the betrayal though it is untrue,” he said.
“We have to imagine its reception by our society, the state and Indian media. Generally if anyone takes money, many sections of our society believes that the victim family has traded the blood of martyrs, which is not the case, the state and the Indian media would present it in their own way. So my opinion is that a family should refrain from it to prevent this kind reflection in the society,” Mujahad said.
Chairman Karwan-i-Islami Ghulam Rasool Hami said that family of a martyr accepting the government’s money could not be blamed for trading the martyrs’.
“Accepting the money is not anti-Islamic. I also understand how the state that first killed them portrayed the acceptance of their so-called compensation. I believe our resistance leaders should make awareness that accepting compensation is not an honor but the obligation of the state,” he told Kashmir Reader.
President Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadees Jammu and Kashmir Ghulam Muhammad Bhat Al-Madni said that it should be left to families to decide whether they want to accept it or not.
“In Islam irrespective of the nature of murder, it is the victim family’s will to decide how they want to go about it. It is never a case of trading martyrs blood,” he said.