Habibullah Questions V.K. Singh on Rape Cases in Army
National Minorities Commission Chairman Wajahat Habibullah today criticised former army chief V K Singh for taking to streets against the gang rape of a girl here asking whether allegations of rape against personnel of the force in Jammu and Kashmir have ever been enquired into.

A former IAS officer of the Jammu and Kashmir cadre, who was also the first Chief Information Commissioner of the country, said a productive way would have been if people like Gen Singh would have advised the government on dealing with such a situation.

"In his (Gen Singh's) case, I am sorry to say so he was Commander-in-Chief of the army. There are, at least in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, massive allegations of rape against army. Were they ever enquired into? Was an effort made to bring justice? Here was a case of rape. Regrettable, yes. But if he wants to join in condemnation of the government against that, has he taken into account various ramifications of that," Habibullah told PTI in an interview.

He said it could be possible when Singh was the army chief he was not able to remedy the cases although he may have wanted to.

But that was even more reason to go to the Prime Minister, the Home Minister and tell them how to handle it, he added.

Habibullah said that things have changed during the last two decades and army had tried to reach out to people of Jammu and Kashmir but there exists a basic mistrust.

"The basic mistrust is because general transparency and accountability is not there. If something goes wrong, if there is rape then machinery should come into automatic activation. Like they would like the Delhi Police to have done, surely the army such being a disciplined force should automatically go into action about bringing to book any person responsible for that," he said, adding if allegations are false then those facts should also be made public.
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12/D-79
Dec 28, 2012
11:27 AM

"a productive way would have been if people like Gen Singh would have advised the government on dealing with such a situation."

When UPA didn't care a hoot when Gen Singh was in service, is it likely to take his advice now ? UPA has proved itself to be Laathon ke bhoot.

K.Suresh, Bangalore
11/D-57
Dec 28, 2012
08:59 AM

What was the reason behind this coment by Habeebullah ,there have been charges of rape by Army men in Kashmir.What was Habeebullah doing when he held office in J and K.nOTHING.

This statement by a ex Babu from J and K against the exArmy chief on rape in the Valley by Army men is disgusting,But what a few jokers have chosen to read on the charges of rape  in the Valley by Army men is deplorable and exposes a sick head.

These jokers are rabid and need to be vaccinated for sure.

wrongone, chennai
10/D-56
Dec 28, 2012
08:57 AM

Irreverent,

>> If Habibullah is so concerned about rapes in Kashmir, he needs to answer for the rapes committed by the bigoted Mullahs of Kashmir.

Brainless and hateful.

Anwaar, Dallas
9/D-37
Dec 28, 2012
03:53 AM

 >> "What a totally brainless comment!"

Yes, it is. But, I was simply using your logic.

>> "Another totally brainless comment!"

No, it is not. If Habibullah is so concerned about rapes in Kashmir, he needs to answer for the rapes committed by the bigoted Mullahs of Kashmir. Why does he continue to dine with Yasin Malik, accused of many rapes in 90s? 

The Irreverent Indian
Online, India
8/D-28
Dec 28, 2012
02:52 AM

Irreverent,

>> how women across histories have admired the men who oppress them. It is possible that some armyment took it seriously and wanted the women of J&K to admire and respect the army.

What a totally brainless comment!

>> Where was Habibullah hiding when the Kashmiri bigots executed their Jihad program on the Hindus.

Another totally brainless comment!

Anwaar, Dallas
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