Human Shield: 3 months after SHRC verdict, Govt yet to compensate Dar

The SHRC on July 11 passed an order asking the government to compensate Farooq Dar within six weeks, directing the chief secretary to file compliance report within the same period.

SHAFAQ SHAH
Srinagar, Publish Date: Sep 23 2017 12:22AM | Updated Date: Sep 23 2017 1:14AM
Human Shield: 3 months after SHRC verdict, Govt yet to compensate DarFile Photo

Three months after State Human Rights Commission asked the J&K government to pay compensation of Rs 10 lakh to Farooq Ahmad Dar, who was used as human shield by army during Lok Sabha polls in April, the decision is yet to be implemented.

The SHRC on July 11 passed an order asking the government to compensate Farooq Dar within six weeks, directing the chief secretary to file compliance report within the same period.

“They didn’t compensate me, nor did anybody from the government came here. They are making fun of the incident wherein I was humiliated publicly by the army,” said Farooq Ahmad Dar.

Justice (retd) Bilal Ahmad Nazki, Chairperson SHRC, has said in the judgment, “I have no doubt in my mind that Farooq Ahmad Dar was subjected to torture and humiliation, besides being wrongly confined. It is medically also established that Farooq Ahmad Dar did not suffer only humiliation publicly, but also faced a trauma which resulted in psychiatric stress which may remain with him for rest of his life.”

Secretary SHRC Dilshad Ahmad Baba said, “The government is yet to submit its report. It (government) sometimes takes time to take decision on some order, they wait for 10-15 orders to get complied and then sit and take decision. We are waiting for their report.”

Major Gogoi tied Dar to the bonnet of his jeep as a human shield against stone pelters during parliamentary by-polls in Budgam district on April 9, triggering massive outcry and condemnation. The army, however, awarded the officer with a commendation card after the incident.

Govt spokesperson and Works minister Naeem Akhter said, “I have no update about this case. The government does take cognizance of SHRC judgment, but I am clueless regarding this one.”