AIP condemns restricting SHRC from hearing year-old complaints

AIP condemns restricting SHRC from hearing year-old complaints
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Srinagar: Condemning SAC decision of amending the law and barring SHRC from entertaining complaints older than one year, ‎Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) President Er Rasheed has sought immediate revocation of the order.
In a statement issued here on Saturday, Rasheed said “While people rightly call SHRC (State Human Rights Commission) a ‘truth-less tiger’ now, the restrictions imposed have further diluted the very main purpose of SHRC,” alleging that most of the recommendations made by SHRC were pending and in many cases SHRC refuses to take cognizance citing AFSPA being in place in J&K.
“Governor Satyapal Malik is moving ahead with his utterances and is bulldozing now the state constitution and the state laws, Rasheed said, adding that he (governor) had no mandate “to give a free hand to security forces and a cover up to their huge atrocities”, read the statement.
Governor “must stop misusing his position” and understand that common man and “the victims of violence have already lost much faith in the system”, but have no other available option and do still approach SHRC.
“Governor’s move is part of a well-crafted strategy to suppress the voice of masses and give security forces a free hand to do what they want,” he alleged.
Rasheed, in the statement, appealed the governor “not to follow things in blind or what security agencies want him to do”, adding that “the governor should ask his conscience that in a place where security forces can kill anyone they wish, burn anybody’s house, arrest anyone or torture anyone, how could there be a time limit for submitting a complaint before SHRC.