It’s been 12 years since the alleged horrific fake encounters in Pathribal in Kashmir. But the wait for justice is still not over. Five men were picked up in March, 2000 by army men and were later found dead.
CNN-IBN met with the family of one of the victims who are still waiting for justice.
Roshan Jan has been in mourning for the last 12 years. But tears and toil have made her stronger in the fight for justice for her husband and son. Her husband Jumma Khan was one of the five civilians allegedly killed by the army in a staged encounter in Pathribal, hours after the massacre of 35 Sikhs in Chittisinghpora village.
Even as Roshan Jan was coming to grips with her husband’s death, fate dealt her another blow. Her son died along with eight other protesting civilians in Brakpora village, days later. Reduced to penury, the family has struggled to survive.
The family is now hoping that the Supreme Court will provide them justice. The CBI, which investigated the encounter, has termed it cold blooded murders. The army officers accused of involvement though, insist they have immunity under the Armed Forces Act.
Roshan Jan says, “My last hope is up to the verdict of Supreme Court but we will fight until we get justice. we will not give up.”
The Pathribal incident has seen many twists and turns for the last 12 years but for the first time the victim families have been hoping the case has reached a decisive phase and that the wheel of justice might now turn fast.