Justice Verma’s recommendations, remarks appropriate: Geelani

Srinagar, Jan 25: The Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Friday hailed the recommendations of Justice Verma Commission regarding the review of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and its remarks with regard to armed forces operating in Jammu Kashmir, terming these as appropriate and justified.
 “All the armed forces, including military, paramilitary and police personnel, operating in Jammu Kashmir are involved in hundred incidents of sexual assaults on women and gang rapes. The authorities at all levels have been ignoring calls for free and fair trials of those involved in these heinous crimes,” said Geelani in a statement today from New Delhi, reiterating the demand for investigation in all these cases by the some international agency. 
 “It seems doubtful whether or not the government of India would take the Justice Verma’s recommendations seriously and implement these in letter and spirit. It is quite evident that New Delhi will not allow any impartial agency to investigate any such cases and bring its forces under purview of this law,” Geelani said, adding that “Instead of taking punitive action against the armed forces involved in the crimes against women in Jammu Kashmir, the government of India is awarding them promotions and cash rewards for indulging such crimes.”
 Geelani said, “If at all the AFSPA is revoked, it does not mean that the crime against women will come to halt.”
 Recalling the former home minister L K Advani’s statement that the forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir could not be punished as it would demoralize them, Geelani said such statements, emanating from the person who is demanding capital punishment to rapists in India, had always encouraged the armed forces to indulge in crimes against women in Kashmir. 
 Geelani said, “AFSPA is not a prime issue.  Our priority is complete demilitarization of JK as the crimes against women and other human rights abuses will continue to take place until the presence of forces in the state.”
 Meanwhile, Geelani has condoled the demise of the mother of Hurriyat worker Muhammad Amin Bhat of Niabugh, Kulgam, praying for the deceased and sympathizing with the bereaved family. 

Lastupdate on : Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 26 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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