“Stripped naked, hung upside down”: UN Rapporteurs on Waheed Para’s detention

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Peoples Democratic Party leader, Waheed Para who is under detention was subjected to abusive interrogations after his arrest, which lasted from 10 to 12 hours at a time, United Nations Rapporteurs have said in a new report.

According to the report, Para was questioned about his participation at a meeting with UN Security Council members, “He was held in a dark underground cell at subzero temperature, was deprived of sleep, kicked, slapped, beaten with rods, stripped naked and hung upside down. His ill-treatment was recorded.” The report read.

Para was examined by a government doctor three times since his arrest last November and three times by a psychiatrist. He requested medication for insomnia and anxiety, the report added.

The Rappourters have made public their communication concerning allegations of “arbitrary detention, extrajudicial killing, enforced disappearance and torture and ill-treatment committed against the three Kashmiris including Waheed Para, Irfan Ahmad Dar, and Naseer Ahmad Wani.”

They describe Para as a grass-roots political and social activist advocating the cause of youth in the former State of Jammu and Kashmir.

He is also a member of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership, a peace-builder, and serves as the youth President of the People Democratic Party.

Para has raised the alarm about the Government of India’s actions towards Kashmiris in the Muslim dominated former state of Jammu and Kashmir.

He is from Naira in South Kashmir’s Pulwama District and previously worked as a journalist, who produced a number of human-interest news stories and anchored television shows broadcasted in the Jammu and Kashmir. Para was on house arrest until September 2020.

On 25 November 2020, Para was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on alleged militancy charges and held in their custody for one month at their headquarters in New Delhi, where he was allegedly subjected to ill-treatment. Para was permitted to meet with his attorney and a family member separately approximately ten days after his arrest and again in the third week of his detention. All visits were conducted under surveillance.

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