APDP Flays Rizwans ‘Custodial Killing’ 

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SRINAGAR — Association of Parents of Disappeared (APDP) on Thursday said the “custodial killing” of Rizwan Asad Pandit, principal at a local school in Awantipora,  due to “torture and inhumane treatment” was yet another case among hundreds of cases of human rights violations in Kashmir. 

“In the past Association of Parents of Disappeared (APDP) has highlighted the use of torture against detained individuals, which either leads to their death or lifelong physical and psychological ailments. In thousands of these cases, individuals have been subjected to enforced disappearance, which is a continuing crime,” the APDP said in a statement issued here.

“ Till now, nothing has been known of at least 8000 plus cases of enforced disappearances in Jammu and Kashmir and APDP has repeatedly demanded their whereabouts and urged the state government to investigate them.”

“It is telling that despite there being widespread allegations of torture against armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian government has neither criminalized torture under its domestic law nor has allowed international observers like UN Special Rapporteur to visit Jammu and Kashmir and document allegations of torture at the hands of armed forces in an impartial manner, it said. “The refusal to acknowledge torture by armed forces is in line with the government of India’s policy of denial of justice to Kashmiri victims of human rights violations,” the statement said. 

 

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