Pinki wants Centre to intervene, says itís police conspiracy
- Cong backs Lanka probe,govt abstains at UNHRC SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, MARCH 27 A day after the Congress called for an inquiry into alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka during the war with the LTTE, the UPA government did the opposite: India abstained on the Sri Lanka resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. An international probe into the alleged abuses was an âintrusive approachâ that undermined Sri Lankaâs ânational sovereigntyâ, India said. New Delhiâs abstention did not come in the way of the UNHRCâs adoption of the US-sponsored resolution, which was passed by 23 votes to 12, with 12 abstentions. The resolution asked the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights to investigate alleged abuses âduring the period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commissionâ (between 2002 and 2009). The Congress manifesto, released on Wednesday by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, said, âWe will work with other countries to prevail upon Sri Lanka to ensure a credible, objective, time-bound inquiry into allegations of human rights violations and excesses committed by the Sri Lankan forces during the concluding phases of the operations against the LTTE.â Asked about Indiaâs vote, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, âYes, we have voted differently as this resolution is very different from previous resolutions on Sri Lanka. Unlike the resolutions in 2009, 2012 and 2013, this resolution imposes an international investigative mechanism. This is an intrusive approach that undermines national sovereignty.â The spokesperson said that as a close neighbour, India could not remain untouched by the developments in Sri Lanka. âWhile significant steps have been taken, much more needs to be done by the Government of Sri Lanka.â He said that international efforts should aim to enable Sri Lanka to investigate the allegations of rights violations through a comprehensive, independent and credible national mechanism. âAn external investigative mechanism with an open-ended mandate to monitor national processes is not a constructive approach. In our view adopting an intrusive approach that undermines national sovereignty and institutions is counterproductive,â Akbaruddin said. Sources in South Block said the resolution includes a series of prescriptive elements, which call for a national reparation policy, lay down guidelines on how truth-seeking processes should be designed, and who should be involved. It also stresses the responsibility of states to âprosecute those responsible for gross violations of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law, constituting crimes against international lawâ.
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Accusing the state government of showing apathy to her, Asiad medalist Pinki Pramanik, who has been accused of raping her former live-in partner, on Thursday said she would write to the Central government and State Human Rights Commission to intervene into her case and solve the matter.
On Monday, police had submitted the gender test report to a court in Barasat in which it has been said that Pinki is a male.
Speaking to The Indian Express over phone, Pinki said: "It's a social ignominy and a matter of shame for a person who has won accolades for the country. The state has been sitting on the case for pretty long time and I think it is time, the Centre should take it up."
"I am in talks with my lawyer and once the copy of the chargesheet and medical report arrive, I will write to the Central government and the State Human Rights Commission as well," Pinki added.
The 26-year-old runner also accused the police of harassment right from the beginning when the medical test video went viral on the net. "The police have been spreading rumours about my medical report. Before I got bail, there was nothing as such (confirmation of her being male) in the medical report. All of a sudden these seem to have appeared. Only I know the trauma I am going through at the moment. It is making me develop suicidal tendencies," Pinki said.
According to the athlete, the incident has changed life beyond recognition. "At office, even if no one is saying anything to me directly, I can sense the questioning looks and hear the whispers that are murmured behind my back. My story has been so badly distorted and blown out of proportion, that I hardly feel like going out of the house. My social life has been ruined. People do not remember the honour that I had been showered with and now they only talk about this controversy," Pinki said, adding that the parents and family members had been the only support system for the athlete.
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