State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) in its latest report has said that three cases of custodial deaths, and nine cases of disappearance, have been instituted in the commission in five months.
Of the 288 cases, registered by the commission in Kashmir division for five months – November 06, 2016 to 31 March 2017, one case of custodial death, as per the annual report, has been reported from district Srinagar, one from Anantnag and one from Shopian.
Similarly, three cases of disappearance have been reported from district Baramulla, two from pulwama, and one each case of disappearance from Srinagar, kupwara, Bandipora and Anantnag. The commission, however, has not given the details of custodial deaths and disappearances in their annual report.
Only one case of custodial death from Udhampur has been instituted in the commission and no case of disappearance has been reported from Jammu division.
The commission, as per the report, has cleared 28 previous cases of disappearance in five months – Nov 6 2016- 31 March 2017. The highest numbers of cases of disappearance reported were from district Kupwara, ten, followed by district Budgam five, Anantnag (four), Srinagar (three), Baramulla (three), and one case each from district Ganderbal, Bandipora and Pulwama.
And similarly, three cases of custodial deaths, which were pending before the commission, have been disposed off. Those three cases were reported from – Kupwara (one), Kulgam (one) and Shopian (one).
To avoid custodial deaths, the State Human Rights Commission had issued a directive, last year, to all the police stations to install CCTV cameras. The order was passed so as to being transparency in the functioning of police.
While pronouncing the judgment, the commission said, "It is commonly known that tortures as well as custodial deaths are happening in Jammu and Kashmir intermittently. Many times, the police personnel convert a criminal case into a civil dispute, although the commission has no such record of how many custodial deaths have occurred in last few years… such deaths have occurred and instances of tortures also have come to the fore."