SHRC grants Rs 35 lakh compensation to Poonch family

Commission orders govt to pay the complainant for each of seven family members killed

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir State Human Right Commission on Thursday asked the J&K Government to pay rupees 35 lakh compensation to the Poonch family who lost their seven members in an attack in 1999.
The chief secretary is directed to pay a sum of five lakh rupees in compensation for each of the deaths. SHRC also directed deputy commissioner Poonch to prepare the file of the complaint for payment of rupees 35 lacs.
The case titled Shri Roop Lal S/O Jeewan Dass R/O Village, Mandhar District, Poonch 2010 alleged that in the intervening night of 2nd July 1999, some unknown gunmen barged into the residential house of the complainant and killed his seven family members. The case was listed before the Commission on 11 -09-2017.
The commission in its order stated, “In the present case the Government of J&K has taken seven years and still the Complainant has not been compensated properly .The delay on the part of the government itself will amount to a glaring violation of human rights.
After carefully scrutinizing the material available on the record the commission is satisfied that the complaint has made out a good case for grant of compensation to the tune of Rs 35 lakh.”
Going through the material available on the record, the commission observed that the complainant had been provided ext-gratia relief of Rs one lakh and none of the family members were eligible and qualified (for a government job).
The commission further observed that it was “absolutely unfortunate on the aspect that the attack was engineered by armed militants who entered in the house of the complainant and killed seven members of family”.