Government Tell NHRC That Withdrawing FIR Against Stone-Peltors To Demoralize Security Forces

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New Delhi: The Central government has informed National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) that the decisions of withdrawing FIRs against stone-pelters by the Jammu & Kashmir government would demoralise security forces and embolden militants to use civilians as human shield for their terror activities.

Responding to a petition filed by three children of army personnel, the Union government has filed a report before the NHRC saying that "withdrawing of cases against stone-pelters by the state government will demoralise the security forces and may encourage the acts of militants to take help of civilians as their shield for terror activities".

The Centre said, "It is the duty of the state government to take strong action against stone-pelters and provocateurs to safeguard the human rights of members of the armed forces operating in Jammu & Kashmir."

This stand by the defence ministry before NHRC came in response to a petition filed by children of two serving and a retired army personnel — Preeti, Kajal and Prabhav — who had questioned the Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP-BJP government's decision in February to withdraw FIRs against nearly 10,000 people who were earlier booked for stone-pelting.

"Do personnel of armed forces, facing grave and serious violations of human rights, not deserve the attention and empathy of the custodians of human rights? As young Indians and citizens of this great country, especially as children of army personnel, we are concerned about the state of affairs of the troops serving in disturbed areas," the petition had said and sought urgent intervention of NHRC to hold inquiry into stone-pelting incidents and protect human rights violations against armed forces personnel.

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