India Accused of Torture in Kashmir
Posted on Dec 17, 2010
Indian police and security forces have allegedly tortured hundreds of Kashmiris as WikiLeaked evidence shows the use of electrocution, physical beatings and sexual humiliation against detainees from 2005 to 2007. —JCL
US officials had evidence of widespread torture by Indian police and security forces and were secretly briefed by Red Cross staff about the systematic abuse of detainees in Kashmir, according to leaked diplomatic cables.
The dispatches, obtained by website WikiLeaks, reveal that US diplomats in Delhi were briefed in 2005 by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) about the use of electrocution, beatings and sexual humiliation against hundreds of detainees.
Other cables show that as recently as 2007 American diplomats were concerned about widespread human rights abuses by Indian security forces, who they said relied on torture for confessions.
AP / Mukhtar Khan
A Kashmiri Muslim girl argues with an Indian soldier during a search operation in Srinagar, India, in 2006.