Skip to main content

Kathua rape, murder: 318 children killed in J&K "state-sponsored" terror in 15 years, 5 in Jan-March 2018, says report

By Our Representative
A new report by the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), an amalgam of various non-profit organizations based in Srinagar, brought out against the backdrop of the uproar around the January 2018 rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua, has said that the gruesome incident is part of what it calls "pattern of state violence against children", pointing out, "In the first three months of 2018 not less than 5 minors have been killed, including the Kathua minor girl."
Calling the rape and murder of the minor girl in Kathua, allegedly by police personnel, as "apparently" having the "objective of striking terror within the marginalized community of Muslim Gujjars", the report states, the incident only confirms that "children are not indirect victims of conflict, but rather, at many occasions, they are the primary targets of state violence".
The report reveals, "The 15-year-period from 2003 to 2017 witnessed not less than 318 killings of children (in the age group of 1 to 17) in various incidents of violence in J&K. The killing of 318 children constitutes 6.95% of the civilian killings in last 15 years, as 4,571 civilians have been killed in J&K in the same period."
Following the decline in militancy in mid-2000s, while "there were several attempts to mobilize people for mass protests in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2016 against killings and for resolution of Kashmir dispute", the report says, "The state’s response to the mass uprisings was again militaristic and repressive." And during these protests, while 548 people were killed, "at least 16 of them were children."
The report, titled "Impact of Violence on the Children of Jammu and Kashmir", says, "Eight children were killed due to pellet shotguns, seven due to injuries by tear smoke shelling and one child died due to asphyxiation caused by pelargonic acid vanillyl amide (PAVA) shell, which are chilly-based munitions."
Claiming that "children have not been protected from this practice as they have been viewed and treated as adults by the armed forces, who are contemptuous and suspicious of every citizen of J&K", the report also blames the death of children on what it calls "the creation of Ikhwan, the private counter-insurgency militia, by the Government of India in 1993 as a major dirty war-operation against Kashmiri insurgency".
The report says, "The unknown or unidentified gunmen have since then killed, maimed and disappeared many hundred Kashmiris", including "at least 47 children, making the process of identifying the perpetrators not only difficult but also almost impossible as the state has the easy excuse of claiming that militants did these killings."
Staring that 12 children have been killed in the last 15 years due to militant action, most of them due to explosions of explosive devices like grenade blasts and improvised explosive device (IED), the report says, the explosive devices were also "frequently used by Indian armed forces and 110 children have been killed due to explosions of various kinds like by grenade blasts, IEDs, landmines or due to the littered shells left by armed forces at encounter sites."
A further analysis of the data reveals that out of the total 318 children killed, 72 were girls and 227 were male children" but as for the rest, i.e. 91, their "gender could not be ascertained as it was not reported at the time of the killing." As for geography of the deaths, "Kashmir division accounts for 67.29% of the total killings of children in the last 15 years, while Jammu division accounts for 30.18% of the total killings." As for eight, "the killings’ location could be not ascertained."
"The north Kashmir districts of Bandipora, Baramulla and Kupwara jointly accounted for 110 killings, while the four south Kashmir districts of Kulgam, Anantnag, Shopian and Pulwama accounted for 59 killings. The central Kashmir districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal recorded 45 killings", the report says.
The breakup also suggests that while "Kupwara district of north Kashmir recorded the highest number of killings with 53, followed by Baramulla, which recorded 41 killings, and Srinagar, which witnessed 27 killings", in the Jammu division, which recorded 96 killings of children, Pooch recorded 26 killings followed by Doda with 21 killings.

Comments

TRENDING

India under Modi among top 10 autocratizing nations, on verge of 'losing' democracy status

By Rajiv Shah
A new report, prepared by a top Swedish institute studying liberal democracy, has observed that there has been a sharp “dive in press freedom along with increasing repression of civil society in India associated with the current Hindu-nationalist regime of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” The report places India among the top 10 countries that “have autocratized the most”. Other countries that have been identified for rolling towards autocracy are -- Hungary, Turkey, Poland, Serbia, Brazil, Mali, Thailand, Nicaragua and Zambia.

Savarkar 'criminally betrayed' Netaji and his INA by siding with the British rulers

By Shamsul Islam*
RSS-BJP rulers of India have been trying to show off as great fans of Netaji. But Indians must know what role ideological parents of today's RSS/BJP played against Netaji and Indian National Army (INA). The Hindu Mahasabha and RSS which always had prominent lawyers on their rolls made no attempt to defend the INA accused at Red Fort trials.

Gujarat link of controversial US doctor who 'forced' WHO quiz Trump's wonder drug

By Rajiv Shah
A top American doctor, Sapan Sharankishor Desai, born and raised in the “affluent” North Shore (Chicago) region of Illinois by Indian parents, at one point of time involved in NGO activity through  dedicated to “improving” the lives of the impoverished in Gujarat, is in the eyes of a major international storm following his paper (retracted) in a “Lancet” questioning Donald Trump-promoted drug hydroxychloroquine.

Border conflict? RBI nod India's 'brotherly' help to China internationalise its currency

By Bhabani Shankar Nayak*
In the middle of a global pandemic, China started an unprovoked border conflict with India. It unraveled trust deficit and ties between the two neighbours. As thousands of Chinese troops tried occupying Indian territory, the Narendra Modi-led BJP government directs the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to allow the Bank of China to start regular banking services in India. The Bank of China will now operate in India like any other commercial banks.

RSS supremo Deoras 'supported' Emergency, but Indira, Sanjay Gandhi 'didn't respond'

By Shamsul Islam*
National Emergency was imposed on the country by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on June 25-26, 1975, and it lasted for 19 months. This period is considered as ''dark times' for Indian democratic polity. Indira Gandhi claimed that due to Jaiprakash Narayan's call to the armed forces to disobey the 'illegal' orders of Congress rulers had created a situation of anarchy and there was danger to the existence of Indian Republic so there was no alternative but to impose Emergency under article 352 of the Constitution.

Clean chit to British rulers, Muslim League? Karnataka to have Veer Savarkar flyovers

By Shamsul Islam*
The BJP government of Karnataka led by BS Yediyurappa is going to honour Hindutva icon VD Savarkar by naming two of the newly built major flyovers in Bangalore and Mangalore after him. There was a huge uproar against this decision of the RSS-BJP government as many pro-Kannada organisations with opposition parties and liberal-secular organizations questioned the logic to ignore so many freedom fighters, social reformers and others from within the state.

Hurried nod to Western Ghat projects: 16 lakh Goans' water security 'jeopardised'

Counterview Desk
Taking strong exception to "virtual clearances" to eco-sensitive projects in the Western Ghats, the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) in a statement has said urged for a review of the four-lane highway, 400 KV transmission line and double tracking of the railway line through the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park in Goa.

Disturbing signal? Reliance 'shifting focus' away from Indian petrochemical sector

By NS Venkataraman*
Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), a large Indian company, has expanded and grown in a spectacular manner during the last few decades, like of which no industrial group in India has performed before. RIL is now involved in multi various activities relating to petroleum refineries, petrochemicals, oil and gas exploration, coal bed methane, life sciences, retail business, communication network, (Jio platform) media/entertainment etc.

Case for nationalising India's healthcare system amidst 'strong' private control

Counterview Desk
A draft discussion note, prepared by Dr Maya Valecha, a Gujarat-based gynecologist and activist, sent to the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) as also a large number of activists, academics and professionals as an email alert, is all set to create a flutter among policy experts for its strong insistence on nationalizing India’s healthcare system.