India has abandoned the case of Kargil war martyr Captain Saurabh Kalia.
On May 15, 1999, Capt. Kalia and five soldiers of the 4 Jat Regiment were captured by Pakistani army just before the Kargil war broke out. When the bodies were handed over on June 9, they were in a terribly mutilated state.
There were cigarette marks on the bodies, ear-drums pierced with hot rods, eyes punctured and removed, most teeth and bones broken, and limbs and genitals cut or chopped off.
But the Modi government has refused to move the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against the horrific torture of Capt. Kalia at the hands of Pakistani soldiers leading to his death – a perfect example of war crime.
Responding to a query in the Parliament, Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh said that “the possibility of seeking legal remedies through the international courts was also thoroughly examined, but not found feasible”.
N.K. Kalia, the 66-year-old father of Capt. Kalia, expressed his disappointment at the government’s decision. Speaking to Daily Mail, N.K. Kalia said:
“I had expected the BJP government to be more patriotic. Sadly, the new government’s stand remains the same despite change of power at the Centre.”
It must be noted here that in 2013, the UPA government had told the Supreme Court that it won’t move the ICJ because the act was not a war crime and Pakistan might not permit it.
The Manmohan Singh government had even argued that such a move will have an “adverse effect” on relations with Pakistan.
BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman had then criticised the UPA government calling it “a shocking reality” and claiming that her party had “repeatedly found the government not taking them (similar issues) up seriously at the ministry level.”
Today, however, the Congress is criticising the BJP government for not taking up the case of Capt. Kalia.
The Supreme Court has now asked the Modi government to make its stand clear through an affidavit by August 25. As all hopes for Capt. Kalia and his family peter out, the observation of the apex court perhaps sums up everything.
“It would have been more befitting had the government approached the ICJ with all proofs and documentary evidences and might have lost.”
Here is the video of a Pakistani soldier claiming that his unit killed Capt. Kalia which had surfaced on YouTube last year.
Our soldiers die for a country whose leaders do not have the temerity to fight for them.