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Two strong rebuttals, one against UNHCR's report on Kashmir and the other against TRF's report on Indian women
Not for nothing the US Ambassador to UN, Nikki Haley announced US' withdrawal from the UNHRC, alleging lack of reforms and it having become a "protector of human rights abusers and cesspool of political bias". It has been proven candidly as UNHRC's latest report appeared about Kashmir.

The 49-page report has focused on the situation in the State between January 2016 and April 2018 in which there was major escalation in violence. It is compiled by the UNHCR's High Commissioner of Human Rights - Zeid al-Hussein on Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

The analysis holds India guilty on account of lack of access to justice and impunity; military courts and tribunals blocking this access, excessive use of force and pellet-guns, arbitrary arrests, including of minors, torture and enforced disappearances, and sexual violence, etc. All through, even UN-listed terror outfits are referred to as "armed groups".

The UN High Commissioner is on record saying he would recommend to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which convened on June 18 for one of its three annual sessions, an investigation.

The Army Chief Geneal Bipin Rawat on Wednesday rejected the UNHCR report on Kashmir as "motivated" and said that the human rights record of the Indian Army was "above board".

"I don't think we need to speak about the human rights record of the Indian Army. It is well known to the people of Kashmir, it is well known to the international community. So I don't think we should get too concerned about this report. Some of these reports are motivated. Human rights record of the Indian Army is absolutely above board," he said.

However, we need to work hard on global diplomatic front as well as insist on the better media management to counter the false propaganda against our country. We know that Jammu and Kashmir has been placed under Governor's rule recently with the BJP withdrawing from the coalition government.

Another, rabble rousing report has appeared that is tarnishing the Indian image abroad. A study by the Thomson Reuters Foundation recently named India as the world's most dangerous country for women. India is being ranked the worst in the world — even below Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan and Somalia.

It is surely a slur upon India's polity and social standing.

What is Thomson Reuters Foundation? Its a philanthropic arm of Thomson Reuters, the world's biggest news and information provider. It is registered as an independent charity both in the UK and in the USA. They claim that they run free programmes that promote the highest standards in journalism and spread excellence in the practice of legal pro bono worldwide. The organization also claims that it is a source of unbiased thought leadership in areas including slavery and human trafficking, women's rights and climate and resilience.

India had rejected the report as "fallacious" and said it was overtly prejudiced and seeks to build a false narrative. According to officials, as quoted by the PTI, the ministry has asked Thomson Reuters Foundation to provide the details of the experts to ascertain the report's authenticity. The ministry also added that the organisation had a flawed methodology to reach that conclusion.

Union Minister of Women and Child Development (WCD), Maneka Gandhi, refuted the poll. Calling the poll results as 'subjective opinions', she said that India has improved tremendously in areas of sexual violence, non-sexual violence, human trafficking and other parameters in recent times and hence the poll results are 'a surprise and clearly inaccurate'.

The chairman of National Commission for Women (NCW), Rekha Sharma, had also rejected the findings outrightly. She said, "Women are very aware in India of issues and there is no way that we could be ranked number 1 in such a survey. The countries that have been ranked after India have women who are not even allowed to speak in public."

The report is positively prejudiced but we need to improve the plight of suffering Indian women.

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