124 Court-martialled For Rights Violations In 20 Yrs

124 Court-martialled For Rights Violations In 20 Yrs

9 December 2013
The Tribune (Chandigarh)


Jammu: The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lt General Sanjiv Chachra today said 124 personnel, including 41 officers and 83 junior commissioned officers (JCOs), have been court-martialled for their involvement in human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir during the past two decades of insurgency. He said about 1,524 allegations of human rights violation against Army personnel serving in the Northern Command were received during the last two decades and only 42 of them were found genuine. “Each and every allegation was inquired into by an independent and autonomous body and 42 of the allegations were found to be true and most of them (accused) have been awarded exemplary punishment ranging from dismissal from service without any service benefits to imprisonment.” Lt General Chachra said the Indian Army was people’s army where respect for human life and pride in benevolent attitude towards women and children was an important pillar of its strength. “This should continue to remain enshrined in our ethos and daily lives,” said the Northern Command chief. In his message on Human Rights Day, the Lt General directed all Army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir to ensure that the common people did not suffer during counter-insurgency operations. Lt General Chachra said counter-terrorist operations required patience, maturity and restraint. “I know the task is difficult but I have faith in your abilities and we must ensure at all times that the Awaam (masses) is not put to any inconvenience or harassment due to our actions,” he said while reiterating the Army’s commitment to zero tolerance towards human rights violations. He said the Indian Army had one of the finest records for ensuring human rights and the importance given to this valued quality was evident from the fact that a human rights branch at the Army Headquarters had been functioning since March 1993 and such branches existed in formations up to the Brigade-Sector level. “There are a few ongoing cases which are being closely monitored. Anyone found guilty shall face the law. This amply demonstrates that all cases of alleged human rights violations are thoroughly investigated and personnel found guilty are promptly punished,” added the Northern Command chief. Allegations levelled * During the last two decades, 1,524 allegations of human rights violation against Army personnel serving in the Northern Command were received during the last two decades. Out of them, only 42 allegations were found genuine. * In his message on Human Rights Day on Monday, Lt General Sanjiv Chachra reiterated the Army’s commitment to zero tolerance towards human rights violations.