India must eliminate root causes of violence and address its consequences holistically, law and order approaches alone are inadequate: WGHR affirms the UN SRVAW’s statement May 3, 2013
New Delhi, May 3, 2013 – The Working Group on Human Rights in India and the UN (WGHR) welcomes the statement of the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and
Consequences (SRVAW) Ms. Rashida Manjoo at the end of her official country mission to India. The SRVAW highlighted the multiple and intersecting inequalities and discrimination that render women more vulnerable to violence in India, while exacerbating the impact of violence on their lives.
At the conclusion of the International Week of the Disappeared which ended on 29th May 2015, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) would like to pay a humble tribute to the families of the disappeared. We salute and commemorate their struggles, patience and courage for all that they have gone through over a period of last 25 years in bringing justice to their disappeared kins, for bringing the perpetrators of this heinous crime against humanity to justice as well as to sustain a decent life. It is also important to bear in mind that the suffering of the families is not unidirectional, but it violates multiple rights encompassing their everyday life, which includes right to life, right to family life, right not to be subjected to torture or any other form of ill-treatment.
The recent news regarding the closure of Pathribal Fake Encounter Case did not come as a surprise for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Generations of Kashmiris have been witness to extra judicial killings, torture, rape, enforced disappearances, molestation, humiliations and other heinous violations at the hands of the Indian soldiers and their collaborators in Kashmir. Every time a fake encounter is reported here, mass graves are unearthed or a woman raped, it opens up old wounds. The fact that not a single Indian soldier has so far been convicted for these crimes reflects that the tall claims of justice and reparation made by the Indian state and its collaborators are nothing but a tactics to hood-wink the international community and an attempt to cover-up India’s crime against humanity in Kashmir.