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Gross violation of human rights in India: Amnesty

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May 28, 2008 18:25 IST

Painting a gloomy picture of the human rights situation in India, Amnesty International on Wednesday alleged that there had been gross violation of human rights, including in Nandigram in West Bengal, and sought abolition of capital punishment.

In its report, the leading rights body made observations on the state of human rights in the country with special focus on Nandigram [Images] violence, "disappearance" of people in Jammu and Kashmir [Images] and displacement of tribals in Dantewada in Chhattisgarh.

Accusing the Left-Front government in West Bengal of not acting in an impartial manner throughout last year as the Nandigram violence flared up, its India director Mukul Sharma demanded that "those responsible for the violence must be prosecuted and the grievances of victims redressed."

"Our team found that CPI-M supporters frequently subjected women to violent attacks, including rape and beatings, as well as to threats and harassment ..."

The report noted the "disappearances" in Jammu and Kashmir following reports of 940 mass graves found in Uri district.

The report also highlighted the plight of adivasis in Dantewada, many of whom have been displaced from their homes and are being forced to live in special camps, allegedly due to the Salwa Judum anti-Naxal campaign.

The Amnesty sought abolition of death penalty and pointed out that "at least 100 people have been sentenced to death although no executions took place."

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