Another Vijay Diwas! Capt Saurabh Kalia’s family still fight for justice

saurabh kaliaAbout a decade ago, Captain Saurabh Kalia and his five men of the 4 Jat regiment were taken captive by Pakistani troops in the icy hills of Kargil and barbarically tortured for over 22 days before their mutilated bodies were handed over to Indian authorities on June 9, 1999.

Thirteen years on, as India commemorates the military victory in Kargil (on July 26), the Kalia family has been fighting for justice as they want the ghastly act to be declared a war crime.

Saurabh’s parents NK Kalia and Vijaya have been raising their voice against human rights violations and pleading with the government to take up the issue of war crimes at the international level. But unfortunately, their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

“We have been shuttling between various government offices and organisations with the hope of highlighting the plight of the war victims. The Indian government has failed to deliver justice as it has forgotten atrocities meted out on six heroes. For days, they were tortured. Their limbs were chopped and bodies burnt,” NK Kalia once said.

Rajya Sabha member, Mr. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, an active voice in urging the centre to take up the issue with the UN Human Rights Council, said: “It is extremely shocking and shameful that the torture of Capt Saurabh Kalia has been treated lightly and the sacrifices of the brave soldier who laid down their lives while guarding the nation has been disrespected. It is our duty to ensure that his family members do not feel that the nation does not value the sacrifices made by the braveheart.”

The Kalias have failed to understand why the government has been indifferent on taking up the scourge of war crimes at the international level as their only demand is that no prisoners of war should ever face Saurabh’s fate.

When asked what has been done to highlight the apathy meted out to the Kalia family, Mr Chandrasekhar said, “I am pursuing the issue with External Affairs Ministry to take necessary action to declare this act of brutality as a war crime, to take up the matter with the UN Human Rights Council to declare this heinous act as a war crime and move the international court of justice to expose and pressure Pakistan to identify and punish all the perpetrators of this brutal crime.”

In a letter to External affairs minister SM Krishna, Mr Chandrasekhar wrote, “On behalf of the families of these brave martyrs, I urge you to immediately intruct your Ministry to take up the matter with the UN Human Rights Council to declare this heinous act as a war crime and move the international court of justice to expose and pressure Pakistan to identify and punish all the perpetrators of this brutal crime.”

Here’s the full text of the letter to SM Krishna

Saurabh Kalia of 4 Jat Regiment, who was the first army officer to report incursion by the Pakistani army on Indian soil, had along with five soldiers – Sepoys Arjun Ram, Bhanwar Lal Bagaria, Bhika Ram, Moola Ram and Naresh Singh – went for a routine patrol of the Bajrang Post in the Kaksar sector when they were taken captive by the Pakistani troops on May 15, 1999.

Today, in the serene hills of Palampur in Himachal Pradesh, the Kalias keep Saurabh’s memory alive by converting his room into a museum, displaying his photographs, his uniforms, shoes and mementoes.

Source: Yahoo India News

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5 Responses to "Another Vijay Diwas! Capt Saurabh Kalia’s family still fight for justice"

  1. Saurabh Ranade   July 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    There is a saying in my mothertongue Marathi, ‘once the illness is over, who cares if the Doctor dies’. Do we treat our soldiers the same way? Capt. Kalia,rest in peace, we won’t forget you and your parents.

  2. hari   July 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    kaalia’s should file the case against the GoI in the court on the mutilated death. so that eventually this will go into international forum this to happen kaalia’s should file the case without which voice will never be heard

  3. Bharat Matoo   July 27, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I feel Parvez musharraf was the mastermind of kargil war and he must be sued in American court. I am in talks with leading American attoney to sue the past dictator of pakistan who is responsible for Captain kalia’s cold blooded torture and murder. Soon A notice would be released to freeze the assets of Musharraf.

    • Dhirendra Singh Jodha   November 27, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Please do it and get the justice for Kalia’s family. I would be really thankful. There are very few hindus left who got braveheart nowadays. Any help is appreciated.

  4. Nimit   July 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    The loss of a soldier is the greatest loss. There is no bigger loss than that. It is extremely sad, disheartening and discouraging to know that the external affairs ministry is still sitting on this issue and making the family of this great man suffer even further. What i cannot understand is why do the wheels of justice have to be so slow in our country? Why does a man have to fight for his rights to this degree and extent? If the government treats such heinous wrong doings as co-lateral damage of war, then why would any youth sign up for the forces? Why would any parent encourage their children to take up the military as a profession? It is disgraceful and utter shame on this eunuch of a government. No wonder the brain drain… no wonder the lack of self pride in being an India, no wonder the 3rd world status. Shame on the people holding office in this country.


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