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PANUN REPORT ALLEGES ETHNIC CLEANSING
THE TRIBUNE
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 6, 1996

Jammu Feb 5:- The Panun Kashmir Movement (PKM) headed by Mr. Ashwani Kumar, has called upon national and international agencies to take note of the human rights violations to which Kashmiri Hindus have been subjected to during the past eight years.

In a voluminous report on human rights violations in the state released here today, the PKM has listed names of Pandits who had been murdered by secessionists in the State since 1987 and of those whose movable and immovable property had been destroyed an d looted. Names of over 75 temples and other Hindu shrines destroyed between 1990 and 1993 have also been listed in the report.

The report, which was released at a function by Mr. M.M Khajuria, former Director-General police, refers to the effects of exodus, problems of students and discrimination of Pandits in support of its contention that the displaced families have been subjected to worst form of human rights violations.

It has given a detailed account of the impact of migration on the physical and mental set-up of the displaced people. The report claims that over 400 migrants died because of heat and sunstroke during the past five years in exile. As many as 24 drowned while bathing in canals here. More than 20 died due to dog and snake bites. Over 200 had been killed in road accidents.

The percentage of tuberculosis cases among the displaced persons also registered increase due to malnutrition, diminished immunity, overcrowding and poor sanitary facilities in the camps.

Basing the data on surveys and other official reports, it found that the death rate has surpassed the birth rate in the Community. Against 16 births there had been 49 deaths in one camp during the past five years.

Apart from this most of the displaced persons have suffered psychological disorders.

It has blamed the government for the resultant insecurity and uncertainty among the displaced. A majority of people whose shops and houses were burnt by the secessionists had not been paid compensation. Those who were given relief received less than 40 percent of the loss assessed by the state agencies. In several cases insurance agencies too discriminated against the minority community.

The report has blamed the government and other public sector undertakings and corporations for violating the rights of Kashmiri Pandits. During 1990-95 seven Kashmiri Hindus were recruited by the State Bank of India against 400 Muslims. The Jammu and Kashmir Bank absorbed 713 Muslims against 86 Hindus during the same period.

The report claims that other channels for recruitment of Kashmiri Hindus had been sealed by the government. The government took no measures for ensuring uninterrupted academic carrier of students belonging to the displaced families.

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