Despite SHRC recommendation, widow awaits justice
Srinagar, Apr 29: Notwithstanding recommendation by the Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission, the Government has failed to grant ex-gratia to a woman of Bandipora who husband was killed by unidentified gunmen in 1991.
In her complaint to the Commission, Noora Begum stated that her husband Roshan Khan of Shokh Baba Sumblar Bandipora was kidnapped by unknown gunmen and then his skeleton was recovered after many days.
Taking cognizance of the case, the SHRC had sought report from the police. In its report, police stated that Roshan Khan and his brother Sarvar Khan were earlier militants of HM but had later surrendered before security forces.
“The Commission after considering the whole material on record observed that the report of the local Numbardar and corroborates by the witnesses it has been established that duo had been working with the army as casual workers. However, they were not found any way working with any subversive activities. The reason for their abduction and death appears to have been caused as they were working as labourers with the armed forces,” the then SHRC chairman Justice Bashir-ud-Din states in his judgment.
“The petitioner is therefore entitled for ex-gratia relief to the tune of Rs 1.00 lakh. Accordingly recommendation is sent to the Government to pay an ex-gratia relief within three months, and if this amount is not paid within this period then one percent interest shall be paid to them by the authorities alongwith the amount,” the judgment stated.
Despite passing of nearly four years since the SHRC recommendation, Noora still awaits justice. “The district authorities in Bandipora are sitting over the SHRC recommendation. Even the killers of my family members are still at large. Successive regimes have failed to give me relief and justice,” Noora said.
“I live in a two room shack with seven children including four daughters. In absence of any livelihood or income, we are on the verge of starvation. I make a fervent appeal to SHRC to look into the matter and take action against the officials who have observed its recommendation in breach,” she demanded.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 29 Apr 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 29 Apr 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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