Kashmir human shield row: Honour for Major Leetul Gogoi is a disdain for human rights, says Amnesty

The Indian Army's decision to award Major Leetul Gogoi, who had tied a man to a jeep in Kashmir purportedly as a shield against stone-pelters, shows 'disdain' for human rights, the Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

PTI May 23, 2017 20:06:11 IST
Kashmir human shield row: Honour for Major Leetul Gogoi is a disdain for human rights, says Amnesty

New Delhi: The Indian Army's decision to award Major Leetul Gogoi, who had tied a man to a jeep in Kashmir purportedly as a shield against stone-pelters, shows "disdain" for human rights, the Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

Kashmir human shield row Honour for Major Leetul Gogoi is a disdain for human rights says Amnesty

File image of Aakar Patel. CNN-IBN

Amnesty India's executive director Aakar Patel said rewarding an officer who was facing a probe for human rights violation suggests that the army was willing to "valourise an act of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment amounting to torture."

The army maintains that the officer was awarded for his sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations and that the court of inquiry (CoI) into the incident, which had taken place during polling in the Srinagar Lok Sabha by-election on 9 April, was "under finalisation".

"This decision sends the disturbing message to security force personnel and people in Jammu and Kashmir that the human rights of Kashmiris can be casually ignored without the fear of punishment. The disregard for the rights of Farooq Dar flies in the face of the commitments made by India recently at the UN Human Rights Council," Patel said in a statement.

Dar was picked up by the major after he had gone to vote, defying calls from militant groups to boycott the bypoll.

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