Wikileaks: Abuse ‘widespread’ in Kashmir jails


Abuse ‘widespread’ in Kashmir jails

Leaked cable suggests US diplomats were briefed by the Red Cross of continued torture in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Torture has been routinely used in prisons in Indian-administered Kashmir, a US cable released by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks has suggested.

The memo, titled “ICRC frustrated with the Indian government”

Techniques included electric shock treatment, sexual and water torture and nearly 300 cases of “roller” abuse in which a round metal object is placed on the thighs of a sitting detainee and then sat on by guards to crush the muscles, according to the cable.

The memo added that since torture and ill-treatment continues unbated, “the ICRC is forced to conclude that the Government of India (GOI) condones torture”.

The memo added that the ICRC reported that ill-treatment and torture “is regular and widespread” and “always takes place in the presence of officers” and that the ICRC “has raised these issues with the government of India for more than 10 years”.

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