J&K government is unlikely to comply with the directions of State Human Rights Commission to award Rs 10 lakh as compensation to Farooq Ahmad Dar who was strapped to an army jeep and paraded around villages as a human shield in Budgam district on April 9.
"It (awarding compensation to Dar) is not possible. It will set a precedent," a senior official, holding a key position, said. He however quickly added that the government was yet to examine the order.
In a five-page order, the commission chairperson Justice (retired) Bilal Nazki had observed that 26-year-old Dar, a resident of Chil village in Beerwah sub-district, had been subjected to "torture and humiliation" by the army, besides "wrongful confinement", resulting in "psychiatric stress which may remain with him for the entire life".
"For the humiliation, physical and psychological torture, stressful and wrongful confinement, the commission thinks it appropriate to direct the state government to pay Rs 10 lakh compensation to the victim," the Commission had ruled, asking the government to implement the order within six weeks.
Another official said the Commission has "only powers to make recommendations" and its orders were not binding on the government.
Over the years, Kashmir has witnessed a large number of human rights violations by the government forces. In response to an RTI, the union home ministry on Friday revealed that over the last three to four years, almost half the number of human rights complaints received by it were from Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the official figures provided by the MHA, out of a total of 186 complaints of human rights violations received against the armed forces (army forces and paramilitary forces) deployed in seven states where AFSPA was imposed—Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, J&K, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura—J&K accounted for 49.5% of the complaints during a period of a little over three years from 2012 to January 2016.
The human shield incident, which had evoked widespread condemnation, occurred on an election day when eight civilians were killed in firing by government forces after people had attacked some polling stations in the Srinagar constituency.
The government spokesman Naeem Akhter the government would "examine the SHRC judgment first.
"Let's see what happens," he told Greater Kashmir.