[Reader-list] Mass Graves in Kashmir
shuddha at sarai.net
Sat Apr 12 18:04:23 IST 2008
This is in continuation of Junaid's posting of April 7 : 'Amnesty
International and Human Rights Watch slam Indian human rights abuses
in Kashmir' . The posting pointed out the recent discovery of mass
graves containing the remains of Nine hundred and forty unidentified
bodies in different sites in Kashmir.
If the allegations that these are bodies of people killed and
disposed of by the security forces, and that they may contain the
remains of many who are alleged to have 'disappeared' in Kashmir are
true, then this constitutes a very serious matter.
Here are three recent reports that have appeared on the BBC website
on the subject.
1. Protest over graves in Kashmir
2. Kashmir police refuse body demand
3. Amnesty urges Kashmir grave probe
I have not seen too many reports in the mainstream 'indian' media
about this - I could be wrong, and would like to be corrected, but
preliminary google searches about the subject in connection with The
Hindu, The Times of India, The Indian Express, NDTV and CNN-IBN did
not yield any results.
The only exception in the mainstream 'Indian' media that I could find
was a report by Rashid Ahmad from Srinagar in the Hindustan Times.
The story is titled -
Mass graves in Kashmir raise rights violation stink
Rashid Ahmad, Hindustan Times
Srinagar, March 29, 2008
if the general media silence in India about this shocking story is a
fact. (Again, I hope I am wrong here). Then it is time to ask what
makes it possible for Indian newspapers and television stations to
report mass graves in Iraq and Bosnia and suddenly turn all coy when
they are found in Indian administered Kashmir.
Further, is it time to think about what steps may be necessary to
take to move towards a boycott of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games
in Delhi (2010)? (Among other things).
Perhaps there are lessons to be learnt from the Tibetans.
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