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Rights lessons for Valley police

Srinagar, June 22: Police personnel in Jammu and Kashmir will attend seminars on human rights and the force’s role in a democracy.

The new police chief of the state has planned an ambitious exercise to educate his force on the issue and provide it with a human face in line with the “healing touch” policy of the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed government.

Members of the force will be provided opportunities to interact with each other for gaining from others’ experiences.

Director-general of police Gopal Sharma has invited D.K. Arya, a former director-general of the Border Security Force, to deliver lectures on human rights, a police spokesman said here.

Arya is a consultant to the International Committee of Red Cross. Arya will also hold seminars and chair group discussions on UN approach to human rights training to police. The consultant will touch upon international humanitarian laws during his address.

The interactive sessions begin tomorrow and will continue till Saturday.

The spokesman said Arya’s address will “also include provisions of the Geneva Convention, use of force and firearms, prohibition of torture, custodial deaths and involuntary disappearances”.

He added that “police support to vulnerable groups like women, children and weaker sections of society”, as well as “arrest, bail and detention and victims of crime and abuse of power” would be discussed. Arya will also speak on “democratic, legal and ethical policing”.

The spokesman said Arya will address officers and policemen from Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Awantipora tomorrow and on Tuesday at the district police lines, Anantnag.

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