Attorney General’s defense to human shield unjustified, says Bar

Srinagar: The Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Wednesday termed the Indian Attorney General’s statement, defending army for tying of youth to bonnet of a jeep, as unjustified and asked him to advise government of India to protect and not violate human rights.
“In terms of Article 5 of Universal Declaration on Human Rights, 1948, no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and that in terms of Article 6 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1966, every human being has the inherent right to life and this right shall be protected by law and no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life,” the lawyers’ body said in a statement.
In terms of Geneva Convention, Bar said that India was bound to enact a legislation to provide effective panel sanctions for persons committing or ordering to be committed, any of the gravest breaches of the Convention, which include, willful killing, torture or inhuman treatment including biological experiments, willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health and extensive destruction and appropriation of property, carried out unlawfully and wantonly. “Backing an army man and saying that the officer did a smart thing by tying a Kashmiri to the bonnet of an army jeep, was absolutely unjustified,” the lawyers’ body said, adding that that the Attorney General of India as the Chief Advisor of the government is supposed to advise it to protect the human rights of the people and not to violate them in any manner irrespective of their cast, creed, colour and religion.
The Bar Association also condemns the statement of BJP MP Subramaniam Swami, suggesting that the troubled Kashmir should be depopulated and the Kashmiris, majority of whom are Muslims, should be sent to Refugee Camps in Tamil Nadu, to curb the protests.
“The Bar Association feels that Subramaniam Swami has gone mentally sick and it is because of the reason that he is always making absurd and nonsensical statements, which are either aimed at to please Hindu fanatics or else to derive a sadistic pleasure there from.”