“Kunan Poshpora case”…. “Flogging a DEAD HORSE”?
Today, on 18 January 2014, the Indian army revision petition to shut down investigations in the Kunan Poshpora mass rape and torture case was listed for final arguments. The Government Public Prosecutor did not appear as he was on leave. This provided an opportunity to the Indian Army Counsel Karnail Singh who insisted that the matter be adjourned. Further, Counsel Karnail Singh stated that pursuing the case was like “flogging a dead horse” and that the Indian Army is the “best disciplined force in the world” and that all violations are dealt with an “iron hand” through court-martial.
The reality of the Indian Army is that through human rights violations it seeks to serve the large Indian State policy in Jammu and Kashmir. The struggle to hold the Indian State responsible for international crimes in Jammu and Kashmir will continue. In the meanwhile, it is clear that the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, whether through the Public Prosecutor, SP Abdul Jabbar [investigating officer who has carried out no investigations so far] or other officials, will continue its policy to ensure impunity for perpetrators of crimes, through delays or otherwise.
The case is now listed for final arguments on 1 February 2014.
Issued by: Support Group for Kunan Poshpora Survivors
Dated: January 18, 2014