Shaheed Lt Saurabh Kalia
Pakistan displayed sheer inhumanity when it returned the bodies of Lt Saurabh Kalia and his five men in extremely mutilated conditions. Conventions of war don’t mean a thing for a nation like Pakistan. In a war where an individual life loses its meaning, dying with dignity is probably the only hope. Dignity is precisely what Pakistan has violated: of our soldiers, their families and of this nation.
According to the Geneva Convention Part 2 Article 13 (General protection of prisoners of war), Prisoners of war must at all times be humanely treated.Any unlawful act or omission by the Detaining Power causing death or seriously endangering the health of a prisoner of war in its custody is prohibited, and will be regarded as a serious breach of the present Convention.
In particular, no prisoner of war may be subjected to physical mutilation or to medical or scientific experiments of any kind which are not justified by the medical, dental or hospital treatment of the prisoner concerned and carried out in his interest. Likewise, prisoners of war must at all times be protected, particularly against acts of violence or intimidation and against insults and public curiosity. Measures of reprisal against prisoners of war are prohibited
Urging The Human Rights Organisation to take action against Pakistan for the torture of his son, Lieutenant Saurabh Kalia and five other soldiers, N K Kalia wrote the following letter. This letter reflects what the entire nation feels and demands.
In a letter to The Indian Express, N K Kalia writes from Palampur :
“I am the proud father of Lt Saurabh Kalia of 4 Jat Regiment who laid down his life while guarding the frontiers at Kargil.
“Pakistani militants captured him and his party of five brave men from our side of the Line of Control. They were in captivity for over three weeks and subjected to brutal torture as is evident from their mutilated bodies handed over by the Pakistan Army. Our young men did not break while undergoing unlimited barbaric torture. This speaks volumes of their patriotism, tenacity and valour and the whole nation should be proud of them.
“In gross violation of accepted norms, the Indian Army was not informed about their Prisoner of War status and they were subjected to unprecedented torture that violates the Geneva Convention.
“I appeal to everyone reading this letter to generate strong public opinion and bring these facts to the the notice of agencies like Amnesty International, International Red Cross and the National Human Rights Commission and urge them to take immediate and appropriate action to book and punish the culprits for this ghastly act. This would be true homage to these brave soldiers of India.”