Where Are Jammu And Kashmir''s Missing: NHRC
8 September 2000
The Asian Age
New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to the chief secretary and director-general of police in Jammu and Kashmir taking cognisance of reports about missing persons in Jammu and Kashmir. The secretaries to the ministries of home affairs and defence were also sent notices. The suo motu action was taken by the NHRC on the basis of reports mentioning the Association of the Disappeared Persons, which refer to a document prepared by the association listing the missing persons. According to the commission, though the address of the association is not mentioned in the reports, there is an indication of its interaction with the government of Jammu and Kashmir. It is on this basis that the notice has been issued to the association through the chief secretary of Jammu and Kashmir, requesting it to produce a copy of the document and any other material they rely on. This will help the commission take action later. The commission has also asked the chief secretary and director-general of police in Jammu and Kashmir, along with the secretaries to the ministries of home affairs and defence, to reply to the notice within eight weeks. The notice by the NHRC comes along with London-based human rights organisation Amnesty International''s appeal to the Indian government to investigate the rising number of persons who have ''disappeared'' in Jammu and Kashmir. The organisation expressed this view on the Day of the Disappeared which fell on August 30. Amnesty International said after a decline over the past three years, there appears to be a steady increase in the number of ''disappearances'' with dozens being reported in the Jammu and Kashmir media so far this year.