The human rights record of the Indian Army, he said, was well known to the people of Kashmir and to the international community.
“I don’t need to speak about the human rights record of the Indian Army. It is well known to all of you, it is well known to the people of Kashmir, and to the international community. I don’t think we should get too concerned about the report, some of these reports are motivated,” Rawat told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.
The human rights record of the Indian Army is absolutely above board, he maintained.
In a report released earlier this month, the United Nations Human Rights Council talked about alleged human rights violations in both Kashmir and Pakistan occupied Kashmir and sought an international inquiry into these abuses.
The report primarily focuses on the human rights situation in J&K from July 2016- when demonstrations erupted after security forces killed “the leader of an armed group”— to April this year.
“Indian security forces used excessive force that led to unlawful killings and a very high number of injuries,” the report says. It also says that as per civil society estimates up to 145 civilians were killed by the security forces between mid-July 2016 and the end of March 2018, with up to 20 other civilians killed by “armed groups” in the same period.
India had vehemently rejected the report as “fallacious, tendentious and motivated”.
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had said that the report was “overtly prejudiced” and seeks to build a “false narrative”.