Enforced Disappearances

Posted on Jan 5, 2012  |   1840 views  

Artist(s): Taszeel Organization: Youth Parliament of J&K Description: The testimonies of the families and the documentation of cases of disappeared persons in Kashmir indicate that the practice of Enforced Disappearance is widespread and systematic. Due to lack of proper survey and documentation there are no authentic figures available, however, about 8000 to 10,000 people are thought to have disappeared. A large number of disappearance cases remain undocumented for various reasons, including fear of reprisal by the security forces. At times the families have to move court to even register a First Information Report (FIR) at the police station. Families go through coercion and intimidation to withdraw complaints. There is no reparation or recourse for disappearances. Ex gratia relief of Rs.100,000/ is awarded only after the families obtain death certificate from district authorities indicating that the victim was not involved in militancy. Families are pressured to withdraw complaints in order to receive ex gratia relief.

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