ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Mockery of Justice

The findings of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Shopian incident of 29 May 2009 appear to be yet another instance – a particularly blatant and strident one – of the mockery of justice that has repeatedly characterised the Indian state’s operations in Kashmir. The report completely exonerates the security offi cers indicted. It, instead, makes accusations against precisely those who had raised the question of their guilt in the rape and murder of 22-year old Neelofer Jan and her 17-year old sister-in-law, Asiya Jan.

The CBI is now claiming that the original autopsy that had held that the two women were raped and killed was wrong. It has mounted an elaborate effort to show the doctors involved in the initial investigation, the lawyers who took up the case on behalf of the accused, the former and present public prosecutors, and the family members of the victims in poor light.

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