“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity” Nelson Mandela
India is lauded as one of the largest Democracies in the world yet, has a consistently poor record in terms of human rights violations. Numerous incidents of human rights violation in Assam and northeast India have been widely reported in the press and by human rights activists. Even after sixty years of independence India has not been able to overcome the main issue of human rights. According to records, places where people have been tortured, maimed and killed by the Indian army, paramilitary forces, and the police on numerous occasions are primarily Punjab, Kashmir, Assam and the Northeast India.
Cases of extra-judicial killings, torture, disappearance and rape are on the increase as the Indian Army fights various insurgency groups in the state.
On July 25, 1997, jawans of the 25 Punjab Regiment raided Kumarchuburi village, Sonitpur district. The villagers were made to assemble in the center of the village. Meanwhile two of the jawans entered the house of Umesh Koch and tried to molest his wife. When she managed to escape, the jawans raped his twelve-year-old daughter, Mamoni. When Mamoni's grandmother tried to intervene, she was kicked. After the incident, the jawans left a ten-rupee note for Mamoni.
Introduction The Human Rights situation in the northeastern Indian state of Assam deteriorated rapidly after the Indian Army was deployed in November 1990 to fight against secessionist insurgents. One the one hand, common villagers were intimidated and terrorized to divulge information about insurgents and on the other, insurgents were physically eliminated. And strangely, even though the security actions were initiated to reverse growing insurgency, the subsequent period saw an increase in insurgent activities and mushrooming of insurgent outfits.
The situation, especially the...