HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW
Jammu and Kashmir–2012
A brief by: Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of CivilSociety(JKCCS)
Year 2012 has just passed, and yet again like previous years, the government of Jammu andKashmir has disgracefully claimed theyear to be peaceful. This hyped peaceis voidof justice& peace andis packed withviolence&injustice. In the year 2012 the people of Jammu andKashmir in routine have witnessed unabated violence, human rights abuses, denial of civil and political rights, absence of mechanisms of justice, heightened militarization and surveillance.The figures of violent incidents suggest that 2012 as usual has been the year of loss,victimization,lies,mourning and pain for the people.In 2012, a total of 148 peoplehave lost their lives due to violent incidents in Jammu andKashmir. Out of 148 persons, 35 were civilians,75were alleged militants,36armed forces personnel, 1 was an unknown person and 1 a retired police officer.Out of the total 35 civilians killedthis year, 6 were children and 9 were women, amongst whom4 were tourists.On 27
July 2012, four women tourists were killed in agrenadeblast at Bijbehara, Anantnag.The government lied to the media that it was a gas cylinder blast, while as the injured andtheeyewitnessesmade it clear that it was a grenade attack. On that day Indian Defence Minister, A. K.Antony was in Kashmir and had snubbed the army a day before by stating that there would be aninquiry into the fake encounter killing of HilalAhmed Dar of Bandipora, which had taken placeon 25
July. The army had clearly statedimmediately after the killing ofHilalAhmed Dar thathewas killed in a‘genuine encounter’. Now recently on 28
December 2012,Jammu andKashmirpolicesaid that thetwo militants killed in Pulwama encounter were responsible for thegrenade blast on tourists in Bijbehara. Given the circumstances it is very important that thisincident is probed by independent investigators.
TOTAL KILLINGS IN 2012