Police today said it will register a case against two prominent social
networking sites for uploading of a three-minute video (3:07 mts) purportedly
showing four youths being forced to parade naked, apparently by some uniformed
personnel at an undisclosed location (some reports name the Sopore area) in
"A formal case is being registered against the YouTube and Facebook
networks and investigation is on to locate the persons responsible for uploading
this baseless and malicious clip," a police spokesman told PTI.
He said police have taken cognisance of the video clip and initial
investigations have shown that the video has not been verified as yet and
therefore "to attribute it to security forces with the intention of
maligning them and spreading disaffection among the people is highly
"Action shall also be taken against other organisations who tried to
propagate it," he added.
"No one has been able to authenticate the video so far," Home Minister
P Chidambaram told reporters in New Delhi while replying to a question on the
three-minute video clip uploaded on two prominent social networking sites.
The minister said he had asked security agencies to find out whether anybody
featuring in the video had spoken out.
"Until it is authenticated and the persons identified, I think it would be
unsafe to rely on such a video," he said.
He did not elaborate on what steps were being taken to ascertain the authenticity of the video. Shockingly, there seemed to be no condemnation of the incident shown on the video from any official quarters, even with caveats that its provenance remained to be established. Nor was any seriousness shown to get to the bottom of the controversial incident pictured.
Is the video genuine?
The video shows four unidentified Kashmiri-looking youngsters being made to
parade through what looks like a village, sometimes passing by others, with a
male voice constantly abusing in Hindi/Urdu and Kashmiri in the
The youth are shown carrying their clothes in their hands. A male voice asks the youth to move the clothes they are carrying, ostensibly so that their private parts are not covered.
“The video is taken by the accompanying policeman, who records the event
during their short journey...he must have recorded it for fun, but luckily it
got leaked by an anonymous person,” the comment accompanying the video in one
of its postings on the Facebook account “Citizens of Kashmir” claimed.
A senior police officer in the Valley pointed out that it looked like an 'old
video' because it appeared to have been shot in autumn and not during the recent
protests because the fields seem harvested.
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) also questioned the video’s
authenticity. “Such a thing is not possible in Kashmir,” CRPF spokesman
Prabhakar Tripathi was quoted by the Indian Express as saying. “The video seems
manipulated to tarnish the image of the force and police.”
Tripathi said it was hard to imagine how such an incident, if it had happened,
could remain under wraps so long. “In this place, even rape doesn’t remain a
secret,” he said. “This video can never be proved to be genuine.”
While the men in uniforms are clearly not of the Army, and seem to be wearing the uniform of the J&K Police, the video had earlier
done the rounds of Youtube, Facebook and some mailing lists accompanied by such
- Indian Army torturing Kashmiri youth for a naked parade.
- So Called Disciplined Indian Army Exposes their Shameful Act on Camera in
- Indian Army's Shameful Conduct
- "Kashmir's Abu Gharib" [For the infamous Iraqi prison Abu Ghraib]
The above, say the authorities, lends credence to their apprehensions
that it could be part of an attempt at disinformation, timed as it was just
ahead of Friday's crucial Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting in New
Delhi amidst demands for amendments in the controversial Armed Forces Special
Powers Act (AFSPA)— or its withdrawal from at least some of the districts of
Despite apparent government coercion which seemed to have ensured that
the video was taken off within a short span of being posted, the video
continued to be re-posted on various Facebook walls, and new links for
Youtube posts continued to shared on Twitter by outraged Kashmiri youth
and has evoked outrage, shock and condemnation from the Facebook users
across the globe.