July 10, 2017
Major Nitin Gogoi had tied the civilian to the bonnet of army vehicle and paraded him 19 different villages of Budgam District.
The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), saying that “such a treatment to human being cannot be accepted by any civilized society”, has directed the J & K govt. to pay ₹10 lakhs as compensation to Farooq Ahmad Dar-a civilian tied to the Bonnet of the vehicle by Army on 9th April.
Justice (Retd) Bilal Nazki in his judgement said that “The report of the police accepts that Farooq Ahmad Dar was tied to bonnet of a vehicle & used as human shield. There’re laws in this country & international laws which prohibit such a treatment even to a convict. Such a treatment to human being can’t be accepted in a civilized society.”
Justice Nazki is the chairperson of State Human Rights Commission. “The protection of life and liberty of the people is basic responsibility of the state govt. Commission thinks it appropriate to direct the state govt. to pay compensation of ₹10 lakhs to the victim.”
The Commission, however, did not rule on the role & culpability of the army officer in this case citing “limited applicability of the Protection for Human Rights Act, 1993 to the state of Jammu & Kashmir.”
When Srinagar parliamentary constituency was going for a re-poll, on 9th April, army officer Major Nitin Gogoi tied a civilian to the bonnet of army vehicle & paraded him 19 villages of district Budgam.
While the army said that it did it to save lives of people from the stone throwing protesters, the act was widely condemned.
While the Army ordered a probe into this incident; Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat appreciated Major Gogoi’s act & also awarded him with a commendation medal.
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