In a response to the petition regarding the compensation filed by survivors of Kunan-Poshpora rape case the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil (JKCCS) a human rights organization, in a statement issued to press said that Jammu and Kashmir government is not averse to paying compensation to the survivors of the Kunan-Poshpora mass rape.
“In a petition filed by the survivors of the mass rape and torture case, the counsel for government stated that in principle they were not averse to the payment of compensation but sought further time for the same,” reads the statement.
This comes following an initial refusal to pay any compensation. But, the government counsel stated that this compensation would only be paid to the 23 persons referred to in the FIR.
However, the counsel for the survivors pointed out that the main thrust of the writ petition was the investigations that were not being conducted in any serious manner. “The Indian army The Indian army was not cooperating with the investigations under the pretext of the revision petition filed by them. But, despite the dismissal of the revision petition on 8 August 2014, there is still no headway in the investigations,” the statement said.
It also said that it was submitted that the Government could not limit the amount of compensation of rupees two lacks as suggested by the Government] or the number of persons who would be benefited by it.
The Supreme Court of India has ordered compensation as high as Rs. 10 lacks in other cases, and in the instant case, the number of victims of rape as confirmed by the investigations and the State Human Rights Commission (SMRC) were much higher than 23.
The statement further added that in addition to carrying out no meaningful investigations, the Government continues its attempts to protect the perpetrators Indian army, including by seeking to limit the compensation through the most perverse and legally untenable ways. “On the next date, September 8, 2014, the survivors will make further submissions on the responsibility of Government of Jammu and Kashmir and the Union of India both in terms of investigation and compensation.”