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One-man commission headed by Justice (retd) M L Koul has submitted its report on the killing of five persons allegedly in
In continuation of the discussion here, Praveen Swami writes in the Hindu:
Ever since May, when the bodies of two women washed up near Shopian, journalists have chronicled the multiple failures of administration and policing that allowed the tragic deaths to spark off some of the worst street violence ever seen in Jammu and Kashmir.
Following the release of the findings of the Justice Muzaffar Jan Commission of Enquiry on Friday, the Jammu and Kashmir government has announced that it intends to prosecute four police officials for some of those failures.
But both journalists and the Jammu and Kashmir government have maintained a stoic silence on one institution blamed by Justice Jan for spreading falsehood and inciting violence: the media itself.
His report highlights the following in the Justice Muzaffar Jan Commission of Enquiry report:
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Sevanti Ninan in the Hoot on the recent turmoil in Kashmir on June 15:
Shopian, still in turmoil after an alleged double murder and rape, is becoming a classic example of the truth being shaped by the way it is narrated. After almost two weeks of agitation by local people and politicians, the reporting of events has come under scrutiny. It is not difficult to make out from a story where the writer's sympathies lie. There are local and national versions of anything that happens there, and then there are different versions in the national media which are reported by Kashmiri correspondents.
When two young women disappeared on May 29th after setting out for their familiy's apple orchard and were then found dead the next morning, there was a suspicious that they might have been raped and murdered. An FIR saying as much, demanded by relatives, was not registered. While there was a post mortem and an autopsy the results were controversial, and have triggered continuing unrest. Three newspapers published from Delhi and one TV channel make a telling case study of how those who report project different versions of what is happening on the ground....
While Praveen Swami is one of those whose version of events is put under scrutiny, he himself, a couple of days later, examines the versions from J&K in the Hindu on June 17:
...Pro-Islamist media have been helping to ensure that the venom spreads as far as possible. In a June 16 article, Riyaz Masoor, editor, Rising Kashmir, suggested that the victims "represented the nation Kashmir and the rapists represented the state of India; it was the Hindu India raping the Muslim Kashmir." Mr. Masroor accused the Indian Army, which until now has not been alleged to have played any role in the Shopian deaths, of going "on a raping spree." "Let them carry a poison pill with them," he advised the State's women: "if, God forbid, they are caught, let them swallow the poison and embrace death and defeat the evil military man of the world's largest democracy."
The lies seem to be working. Even the United States-based MacArthur Foundation's Asia Security Initiative last week claimed that the judicial commission investigating the Shopian deaths was questioning Indian troops -- a claim whose credibility must be read alongside the bizarre assertions in the report that the Shopian victims were sisters who grew up in an apple orchard.