Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Torture widespread in Indian-occupied Kashmir

Relatives of missing Kashmiris demand to know
This is the stark conclusion of the Red Cross reported in a confidential cable by US ambassador David C. Mulford in 2005, according to one of the cables reported by Wikileaks and now echoed by Revolution in South Asia (link 1, link 2).

The cable mentions that:

In 852 cases, the detainees reported ill-treatment, the [Red Cross] said. A total of 171 described being beaten and 681 said they had been subjected to one or more of six forms of torture.

These included 498 on which electricity had been used, 381 who had been suspended from the ceiling, 294 who had muscles crushed in their legs by prison personnel sitting on a bar placed across their thighs, 181 whose legs had been stretched by being “split 180 degrees”, 234 tortured with water and 302 ‘sexual’ cases, the ICRC were reported to have told the Americans.

All tortured were non-combatants because independentist militants are murdered on the spot if captured. They are just civilians who become suspect by the occupants of maybe having some information about insurgents.

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