Budgam human shield victim refuses Rs 5 m offer

MAJID NABI. Dated: 6/8/2018 10:41:07 AM

SRINAGAR, June 7: Budgam human shield victim, Farooq Ahmad Dar has out rightly rejected an offer of Rs 50 lakh by India’s biggest reality show ‘Big-Boss’ producers.
It may be in place to mention that Big Boss is a television reality show broadcast on Colors channel in India and modeled after Dutch format TV reality show, Big-Brother.
Dar, who faced embarrassing moments during Srinagar-Budgam Parliamentary elections last year when he was tied on the bonnet of an army jeep and paraded around as a human shield, according to sources, has received a call from Big-Boss asking him to participate in the reality show.
However, the Budgam youth who has been protesting to seek justice for his pathetic plight has rejected the offer out rightly saying “he is victim of gross human rights abuses and not a celebrity.”
When this correspondent contacted Farooq Dar, a shawl weaver from a hamlet in Budgam, he refused to comment on the issue and dropped the phone.
However, a local human rights activist, Mohammad Ahsan Untoo who has filed several petitions seeking justice for Dar while confirming the development said “Farooq rejected the offer”.
Untoo said that Dar had received a phone call from Big-Boss producers who had offered Rs 5 million to him for participating in the reality show.
“Listen Dar is traumatized ever since the gory incident took place, he needs justice not money. No doubt he is poor but he cannot compromise with his principles,” Untoo said.
Untoo who heads the Human Rights Forum asked the government to prove his involvement in stone pelting as was claimed by what he described ‘notorious’ army official, Major Leetul Gogoi.
“Let you prove him guilty and if not then punish the army official who has surpassed all limits of brazenness,” Untoo said, adding that on the one hand the state government rejected compensation to the victim while on the other private TV channels started offering hefty sums.

 

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