Centre not in agreement with SHRC's compensation order to human shield victim


Farooq Ahmad Dar was tied to the bonnet of an army jeep on April 9 as a human shield to avoid attack from stone-pelters.

Monday asked Mehbooba Mufti-led government in Jammu and Kashmir to compensate the man used as a human shield against stone-pelters with Rs 10 lakh. The video that went viral on social media had reportedly been shot in Beerwah area of Budgam district where miscreants allegedly disrupted voting during Sunday's by poll to Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency by pelting stones.

The case was listed before Bilal Nazki, chairman of the SHRC today.

The Commission directed the state government to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to Dar for "humiliation", "physical and psychological torture", and wrongful restraint and confinement. The army maintains that the SHRC is not empowered to investigate alleged human rights violations against its soldiers posted in the state.

"The order shall be complied by the state government within six weeks time", the report observed, adding that the chief secretary of the state shall file compliance report before the commission within the same period. Shortly after the incident, Major Gogoi was honoured with a commendation card by the Army chief for his sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations. The SHRC in its judgment has said that the "State government can not escape from the responsibility of having failed to protect human rights" of a citizen. Major Gogoi's justification that he made a decision to do so to "save more lives of the local people" did not convince the human rights activists as the act was condemned across India and the world.

Ahsan Untoo, a human rights activist from Kashmir, then approached the SHRC to settle the matter.

The commission's order said that a police report accepted that Farooq was tied to the bonnet of an army vehicle and used as a human shield.