The Straits Times
Published on Dec 07, 2012

Study names alleged Indian Kashmir rights abusers


SRINAGAR, India (AFP) - Hundreds of Indian security officials including two generals and senior police officers have been named in a new report on human rights abuses in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The 354-page investigation by two local rights groups, which draws on state documents obtained under freedom of information laws, alleges widespread disappearances, murders and torture.

The heavily militarised Muslim-majority region bordering Pakistan has been subject to a separatist insurgency and fierce government crackdowns for the last two decades, with abuses by both sides thought to be widespread.

The study, a blow to the image of the world's biggest democracy, examined more than a hundred killings, 65 disappearances, 59 cases of torture and nine rapes allegedly committed by government forces from 1990 to 2011.