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India suffers from extra-judicial killings : US report

India suffers from extra-judicial killings of persons in custody, disappearances, torture and rape by police and security forces in various parts of the country : US report

Mar. 8, 2007

The United States says the Indian government generally respected the rights of its citizens but still faced "numerous serious problems" like extra-judicial killings of persons in custody, disappearances, torture and rape by police and security forces in various parts of the country including Jammu and Kashmir.

"Security forces often used staged encounter killings to cover up the murders of captured non-Kashmiri insurgents and terrorists from Pakistan or other countries, often after torturing them. Human rights groups accused security forces of targeting suspected terrorists, militants and their suspected supporters. There were no widely accepted data on the magnitude of extrajudicial killings in Jammu and Kashmir, with estimates or reports depending on the political orientation of the source," said the State Department's annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices released here on Tuesday.

The reports further says that in the year 2003 the Jammu and Kashmir state human rights commission received 15 complaints relating to custodial deaths and 27 complaints relating to disappearances adding that Human rights organizations sought to clarify these cases by submitting numerous requests to Jammu and Kashmir authorities, but they received inadequate and unsatisfactory responses.

While talking about the fake encounters, the reports says "According to press reports, members of the security forces rarely were held accountable for staged encounter killings. Although the authorities generally did not report encounter deaths that occurred in Jammu and Kashmir to the NHRC, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) claimed that as of June 2004, there had been 54 custodial deaths since the current Jammu and Kashmir state government assumed office in 2002."