SHRC received 5699 complaints of rights abuses

Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has received 5699 complaints of human rights abuses since it was established in 1997 under Jammu and Kashmir Protection of Human Rights Act.
“The Commission has registered 5699 cases from 1997 to August 2011 and we have disposed 4578 of these cases,” the Public Information Officer (PIO) of the Commission said.
“The huge number of complaints registered with SHRC speaks volumes about rampant human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir. In most of the cases the SHRC has found allegations true and indicted the state. It has demolished the myth that allegations of rights abuses are often baseless,” said Khuram Pervez, human rights activist.
In its latest annual report, the Commission, however, has criticized the State Government for neglecting the institution. “The Commission has taken all steps within its means to dispose off the cases despite being without services of the three members.
The Commission functions from a private building and against the sanctioned strength of investigative staff for the Commission, 12 posts of constables are vacant. Similarly several other posts are also vacant,” said the report.
The Government has not appointed the Chairperson of the Commission after retirement of Justice Syed Bashir-ud-Din on 23 October 2011.
Even though successive governments have claimed providing full support to the Commission, the lack of a building is telling upon its functioning.
In August 24, 2001 the then Government passed an order to provide office building to the Commission at posh M A Road near Women College Srinagar. However, the building was not constructed for the past 11 years and so SHRC office couldn’t be shifted there.
“It is sad to note that an institution like State Human Rights Commission has been conveniently denied office accommodation. This has been one of the main roadblocks in the Commission’s functioning,” the latest annual report of the SHRC says.

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