Srinagar: In its Annual Human rights Review Report of year 2018 JKCCS termed year 2018 as most deadliest year of the last decade in Kashmir.
The different violence incidents resulted in the killing of at least 586 people in different incidents, which is highest in the last decade.
The report states that among 586 people killed in Jammu and Kashmir, 160 are civilians, 267 are militants and 159 are members of Indian armed forces and Jammu and Kashmir police.
The killing of 267 militants during encounters with armed forces and police is also the highest in the last decade.
“There has been a marked uptick in militant killings since 2016 as 145, 216 and 267 militants have been killed in Indian administered Kashmir in 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively. In the last decade the year 2012 witnessed the least number of killings,” the report states.
“The year saw extrajudicial executions of at least 160 civilians in Indian administered Kashmir; with the month of May recording, the highest (28) civilians killed this year. November recorded highest (61) killings followed by October with 57 killings it adds.
The report puts the count of women killed in the conflict as 18. It also states the year also witnessed killing of at least 31 children, accounting for nearly 20% killings of civilians, which is highest in the last ten years with South Kashmir continued to witness increased violence since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in July 2016.
In a statement to Valley Media Service, the annual report by JKCCS states that in 2018, at least 275 Cordon and Search Operations (CASOs) were conducted across Jammu and Kashmir which resulted in the killing of 267 militants.
“According to the data compiled by APDP and JKCCS, at least 143 encounters took place between Indian armed forces and the militants following CASOs. In 2018, at least 120 cases of damage to civilian houses were reported in Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir in which 31 houses were completely burnt while 94 were partially damaged,” it adds.
The report says that the government continued to use arbitrary and administrative detention like Public Safety Act (PSA) to detain individuals and Hurriyat leaders.
Hundreds of fresh detentions under PSA were reported this year. Apart from administrative and preventive detentions, putting pro-independence leaders under house arrest was common in 2018.
The report says that in the year 2018, 108 instances of internet blockade in Kashmir were documented.
“Sexual violence as a ‘weapon of war’ continues to be prevalent in Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir as the horrifying rape and murder of an eight-year girl from Kathua in January 2018 demonstrates.
In 2018, there were other cases where allegations of rape were made against CRPF personnel in Poonch and in another case, an Indian army personnel was arrested by police for allegedly abducting a girl in Poonch.
This year in February, JKCCS submitted a petition to State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) listing 143 cases of sexual violence cases in Indian administered Kashmir and demanded investigation but till now no progress has happened in the case”, reads the report.
Suicides among Indian armed personnel stationed in Indian administered Kashmir saw a massive uptick as reportedly 20 armed forces personal claimed their lives, which is highest in the last ten years it adds. (VMS)