Video By Sajad rasool | Text By Shafat Mir | 18 March 2016
Farooq Ahmed Rather was killed on 25th of June 2008 when police fired indiscriminately on a peaceful protest in Mazhama village of district Budgam. He was standing on the window inside his house some 100 yards away from the spot of protests when he was shot. His family immediately rushed him to the hospital but they were stopped by police on the way and demanded Farooq be handed over to them. He died en route to the hospital. The innocence of the deceased has been confirmed by the number of documents and police also admitted to it later but the accused in this murder have been declared untraced while the family accuses constable Jarnail Singh of Farooq’s death.
THE POLICE HAVE SHUT DOWN THE INVESTIGATIONS AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOT PROVIDED ANY RELIEF DESPITE A RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION. THE FAMILY OF THE VICTIM HAS NOW APPROACHED THE HIGH COURT.
This video is part of a series of videos produced for the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition for Civil Society to accompany their report, “Structures of Violence: the Indian State in Jammu and Kashmir” which identifies the structures, forms, and tactics of violence of the Indian State in Jammu and Kashmir.
The report studies the structure, deployment and violence of the armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir using case studies within an international criminal law framework. It is a continuation of the work that began in the 2012 IPTK/APDP report “Alleged Perpetrators: Stories of Impunity in Jammu and Kashmir” that named and indicted 500 alleged perpetrators of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.
*International Peoples’ Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-Administered Kashmir [IPTK] and Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons [APDP] are both constituents of Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society