Army kids move NHRC against stone-pelting at personnel

NEW DELHI: At a time when FIR towards Armymen and withdrawal of cases towards stone-pelters is a topic of scorching debate in J&K, youngsters of 2 Army officers took an exceptional step to transport the National Human Rights Commission, asking it to give protection to military body of workers's human rights being violated daily by stone-pelters.

Preeti, Kajal and Prabhav, youngsters of 2 Lt Colonels and a retired Naib Subedar, offered NHRC chief Justice H L Dattu with a complaint, which complimented the apex human rights frame and Amnesty International for zealously protecting the human rights of locals in disturbed spaces of J&K however complained that they are turning a blind eye towards the plight of Army body of workers who face risk to life daily from stone-pelters. They stated a sub-optimal warfare was being waged in J&K since independence and the state in addition to the Centre have determined to put into effect AFSPA to require Army to assist the 'failed state machinery'.

"The Army has been deployed in J&K since the state machinery was incapable of handling the law and order situation. But the irony is that the very administration which the Army seeks to assist and support has failed to safeguard the human rights of the armed forces personnel," their petition stated.

"Do personnel of armed forces, facing grave and serious violations of human rights, not deserve the attention and empathy of the custodians of human rights? As young Indians and citizens of this great country, especially as children of Army personnel, we are concerned about the state of affairs of the troops serving in disturbed areas," the petition stated and sought pressing intervention of NHRC to carry inquiry into stone-pelting incidents and protect human rights violations of armed forces body of workers.

Referring to the Shopian incident of military body of workers firing in self-defence and registration of FIR towards them, they asked why no FIR has been registered towards stone-pelters and handiest towards squaddies who have been acting in self defence. The petitioning youngsters advised NHRC that Shopian was now not an isolated incident and recounted 5 such FIRs lodged towards armed forces body of workers for taking motion to secure the area from militants and stone-pelting crowd. They stated neither the state government nor the Centre did anything else to give protection to them.

"On one hand, the Army is expected to curb unlawful and disruptive activities by trouble-makers but while doing so they are expected to face attacks on them without having the human rights to defend their lives. They are expected to watch their troops suffer injuries, deaths and also witness their vehicles burnt, rifles snatched etc. All these actions are violations of human rights of the personnel," the petition stated.

They stated different nations have prescribed stringent punishment for those throwing stones at armed forces body of workers. In the US, they stated, a person or crew of individuals throwing stones at armed forces body of workers can be jailed for life. In Israel it was as much as 20 years, New Zealand it's 14 years, Australia 5 years and UK Three-5 years.
Army kids move NHRC against stone-pelting at personnel Army kids move NHRC against stone-pelting at personnel Reviewed by kailash soni on February 08, 2018 Rating: 5
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