2,342 women martyred, 11,224 molested in IIOJK since 1989

Thursday – November 26, 2020
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), 2,342 women were among 95,723 civilians martyred during the last 31 years due to the unabated acts of State terrorism by Indian troops.

According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), as per a report released by the research section of KMS, Wednesday, on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Indian troops molested 11,224 women during the period. It maintained that the Kashmiri women have been the worst victims of the harrowing conflict, which rendered 22,923 women widowed since 1989.

The report deplored that the Indian troops had been routinely involved in sexual harassment of women to suppress the Kashmiris’ ongoing liberation struggle. It further pointed out that although men had been subjected to enforced disappearances, but women were adversely affected because of being related to the disappeared persons as mothers, wives, sisters and daughters.

The report maintained that women constituted a considerable number of mental patients, which was well over one hundred thousand, due to the violence perpetrated by Indian police and troops in the occupied territory.

The report said over a half dozen women including top women resistance leaders, Aasiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi and Naheeda Nasreen are under illegal detention in India’s infamous Tihar jail for the past four years while Insha Tariq Jan, Hina Bashir Beig, Haseena Begum and Naseema Bano, mother of a martyred Tawseef Ahmed Sheikh, remain lodged in different jails. Their families are worried about the well-being of their daughters during the time of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, it said.

The report said that in Doda, a 90-year old Ghulam Mohammad Butt died last year with the wish to see for the one last time his daughter who was abducted by Indian troops with the help of two special police officers at Dhar, Dhandal in Doda district in June 2000.

The report deplored that Indian forces’ personnel are using molestation of women in the occupied territory as a weapon of war to suppress the Kashmiris’ just struggle for securing their right to self-determination.

It said that Kashmiris resistance leaders and human rights groups have been demanding impartial investigations into the cases of rape, murder and other human rights’ violations against women including Kunanposhpora mass rape and Shopian tragedy.

Over 100 women were gang raped by Indian troops at Kunanposhpora in Kupwara in February 1991 while two women, Aasiya and Neelofar were abducted, raped and subsequently killed by Indian men in uniform in Shopian in May 2009.

A 9-year old girl, Asifa Bano, was abducted and gang raped by Indian police personnel and fanatics affiliated with extremist Hindu organisations in Kathua area of Jammu region in January 2018.

Separately, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and other Hurriyat leaders and organisations deplored that India is using molestation of women as a weapon of war to suppress the Kashmiris’ just struggle for securing their inalienable right to self-determination.

The APHC general secretary, Molvi Bashir Ahmed Irfani, in a statement issued, Wednesday, on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women said that the international human rights organisations including Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) had reported the brutal incidents of torture and molestation of women in IIOJK and such incidents were on the rise in the occupied territory.

He said that thousands of women had been martyred by Indian troops for their affiliation with the ongoing freedom movement and many others including Aasiya Andrabi were still imprisoned in various jails of IIOJK and India and were being continuously subjected to mental and physical torture.

Molvi Bashir Ahmed said the extreme of the Indian army’s brutality in IIOJK is the fact that Indian beasts enter homes during cordon and search operations (CASOs), kill or evict men and molest the women.

The atrocious behaviour of the Indian army can be gauged from the fact that scholar Shubh Mathur has termed rape as an essential element of Indian military strategy in IIOJK, he said.

The APHC general secretary deplored the silence of the world community on the Indian brutalities on the Kashmiris, particularly women. He said that the criminal silence of the United Nations (UN) on the atrocities against the Kashmiri women had emboldened the Indian occupational troops. He said it is the time to take to task the Indian soldiers involved in heinous crimes against the Kashmiri women.

APHC leader and the patron of Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement (JKMM), Farida Bahenji, in her statement said that Indian occupational forces were victimising the Kashmiri women for their role in the ongoing freedom struggle.

Farida Bahenji said that since August 05, 2019, there had been a sharp increase in this brutality. “In such a situation, the silence of the human rights’ organisations is surprising. They have to raise their voice against Indian brutalities and the violence against women in IIOJK must be stopped,” she added.

A spokesman of Jammu and Kashmir Employees Movement (JKEM) in a statement in Srinagar expressed serious concern over the continued illegal detention of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi, and her associates, Naheeda Nasreen and Fehmeeda Sufi, in New Delhi’s infamous Tihar Jail.

He said that Aasiya Andrabi was suffering from various ailments and no proper treatment was being given to her. He said that her health could deteriorate further due to continued detention. He said that a large number of Hurriyat leaders and activists detained in Kashmir and Indian jails were at high risk of contracting coronavirus and should be released immediately.

Jammu and Kashmir Tehreek-e-Istiqamat (JKTI) vice chairman, Gulshan Ahmed, in a statement said that Indian forces were targeting Kashmiri women to weaken the Kashmiris’ resolve for freedom. He, however, made it clear that such brutal tactics could not stop the Kashmiris from pursuing their struggle for right to self-determination.

Meanwhile, Indian troops on Wednesday assaulted several civilians and used them as “human shields” during a CASO in Narwa village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

The locals said that the Indian troops barged into many residential houses at the village and conducted door-to-door searches.

During the operation, the troops assaulted several youths in the village and used them as human shields.