Amnesty castigates JK Govt for refusing compensation to ‘human shield’ victim


New Delhi: The JK government’s refusal to pay compensation to Farooq Ahmed Dar of Central Kashmir who was strapped to a jeep and paraded by army personnel is a “callous attempt” at evading its human rights obligations, Amnesty International India said today.

On 27 October, the Jammu and Kashmir Home Department rejected a recommendation from the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) to give Farooq Dar INR 1,000,000 (about USD 15,300) as compensation for “humiliation, physical [and] psychological torture, stress, wrongful restraint and confinement”.

The Home Department said it could not accept the recommendation because “there were no accusation of human rights violations leveled against the state government” and that there was “no scheme or policy” under which the compensation could be paid, among other reasons.

“The Jammu and Kashmir government claims that it was not responsible for violating Farooq Dar’s rights, but refusing to pay him compensation for torture is also a human rights violation,” said Zahoor Wani, Senior Campaigner at Amnesty International India, in a statement.

“The fact that Farooq Dar was tied to an army jeep and paraded is not in dispute. Authorities have an obligation to provide him with adequate remedy, which includes compensation, and ensure that those suspected of responsibility are prosecuted in civilian courts.”

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