Srinagar, November 12, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities toeing the line of Indian army has refused to pay compensation to the survivors of notorious 1991 Kunan-Poshpora mass rape.
As the hearing of a petition, filed on behalf of the victims, started before a division bench of High Court of the occupied territory, Additional Advocate General R A Khan informed that the authorities had decided to challenge the court orders regarding compensation to the victims before the Indian Supreme Court.
The bench comprised Justices Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Dhiraj Singh Thakur. The Court has directed Special Investigation Team of police to conclude with reasonable dispatch the investigation into the incident.
The fresh statement of the authorities is in contrast to its earlier stand that it was not averse to payment of monetary compensation to the survivors of the mass rape incident that changed Kashmir forever. Last month, the authorities had sought time to comply with the orders by the court, submitting that the delay was caused on account of the devastating floods in the Valley.
At many as 100 women were gang raped on the intervening night of February 23 and 24, 1991 by troops of Indian army’s 4 Rajputana Rifles in the twin villages of Kunan and Poshpora in Kupwara district.
In 2012, the territory’s human rights commission recommended re-investigation into the case, payment of Rs two lakh as ex-gratia to victims and action against then Director Prosecution for closing the case in 1991 as untraced. In its objections to the petition, the government of India opposed the grant of compensation.
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