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Educate police, paramilitary men on HR: SHRC tells Govt
SRINAGAR, July 5: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has asked the state government to introduce education on human rights among paramilitary forces and police for making them people friendly and for observing restraint while dealing with situations. It has also asked the government to direct security agencies to honour curfew passes of journalists while covering events.

The recommendations were given yesterday on a complaint filed by journalists, M M Shuja and Zahoor Gulzar on August 19, 2010. The complainants had alleged that troops of the 4th battalion of IRP had severely beaten up Syed Bashir, video journalist of Mouj Kashir channel while covering an incident at Batamaloo here.

“The victim had suffered a knee injury and was taken to Bones and Joint hospital at Srinagar”, the complainants had said and prayed that his complaint be treated as complaint of valley based journalists’ fraternity of print and electronic media.

In his decision yesterday, the SHRC member Rafiq Fida said: “In the backdrop of observations of Hon’ble Supreme Court and considering the whole material on file also hearing the parties on board, left me with no option but to recommend the government through principal secretary home to introduce human rights education among the para-military forces and police to make them rights and people friendly to show utmost restraint even when provoked to inflict minimum damage to the life and property of the public and media people, to promote observance and enforcement of human rights culture among the forces cadre to respect the basic human and natural rights, minimize the damage upstage of all round image of the public as rights friendly to promote value of observance and enforcement of human rights.”

“The government is impressed upon to direct security forces to regard curfew passes issued to media persons by competent authority to cover the event/incidents during the course of their professional duties which is public duty by public authority and public authority is entitled to protect in terms of law,” the decision reads.

News Updated at : Friday, July 5, 2013
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