Rising Kashmir News
Srinagar, Jan 18: Army Saturday termed reopening of Kunan Poshpora gang rape case as “flogging a dead horse” and called for its closure.
The Kupwara Court was to hear revision petition filed by the army.
As the Public Prosecutor was not present in the court, the counsel for the army Karnail Singh demanded adjournment of the case.
Army counsel said pursuing the case was like “flogging a dead horse”.
He told the court that Indian Army is the “best disciplined force in the world” and all violations are dealt with an “iron hand” through court-martial.
The case is now listed for final arguments on February 1, 2014.
According to various human rights organizations including Human Rights Watch, army men allegedly raped over 60 women in the twin villages of Kunan and Poshpora in border district of Kupwara on February 23, 1991.
Army had filed a review petition in November last before Principal Sessions Judge, Kupwara, challenging June 18 order wherein the court had ordered further investigation into the case.
Army petition had termed Kunan Poshpora case as “concocted”.
On December 26, army filed objections stating that the victims’ families had no right to intervene in the case. “Army is fighting militants in the State but there are some people who are hell bent upon falsely implicating the army,” the counsel for army told the court.
However the Counsel for victims, Parvez Imroz, informed the court that under the law they have the right to seek their intervention. “If Army is innocent, they should come forward and welcome the probe,” he said.
He said victim families were a party of the case when judicial magistrate ordered re-investigation of the case.
In October 2011, SHRC had asked Jammu and Kashmir government to reopen Kunan Poshpora mass rape case.
During the earlier hearings, counsel for the victim families Advocate Pervaz Imroz had submitted before the court that army was questioning the investigation which it had no right to do.
“They can challenge the prosecution but not the investigation. And as Supreme Court holds it, Army cannot do it at all,” he had said.