It is a matter of shame that he met with no success. Even when the High Court passed directory or mandatory orders in response to his petitions, the local administration simply did not obey them. The orders of the High Court were ignored brazenly, unblushingly and insolently, as continues to be the case to date with all court orders concerning questions of human rights.
Mr Wanchoo sought to fight his battle within the legal framework, yet he was the first to admit that the rule of law had broken down in Kashmir, where the courts, as he found to his dismay, are mute spectators to the reign of repression, unable (sometimes unwilling) to exercise any restraint on the administrative and security authorities. The judicial process, impotent and forlorn, exists on paper alone.
There was a supreme nobility, paradoxically, in the sheer futility of his obsession with the courts. He is now dead and with him has died a part of India's secularism and its humanity. I challenge the Government of India to find, prosecute and punish his murderers.
P. M. VARADARAJAN
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