Shopian shuts to remember Aasiya, Neelofar » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, May 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed in Shopian district, today, to press the demand for justice to two young women, Aasiya and Neelofar, who were raped and murdered by the Indian men in uniform on this day in 2009.

Call for the strike has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. All shops, business establishments and educational institutions are closed while traffic is off the road in the district.

On May 29, 2009, Aasiya (17) and Neelofar (22) were abducted, raped and subsequently raped by the Indian men in uniform when they had gone to their small orchard across the ankle-deep Ranbi Ara stream in the south Kashmir town. The next morning, their bodies were recovered from the banks of the stream.

The family as well locals said that they were raped and murdered by the Indian troops. The incident triggered widespread protests across Kashmir valley while Shopian town observed shutdown for straight 47 days.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat leaders including Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Zafar Akbar Butt, Imtiaz Ahmed Reshi, Ghulam Nabi War and Muhammad Yasin Attai in their statements condemned the gruesome incident and demanded a fair probe by an impartial investigation team to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to book.

The leaders said that double murder and rape case was a blot on the Indian justice system. They said that such acts of Indian armed forces were aimed at suppressing the freedom sentiment of the Kashmiri people. But the Kashmiris will never be cowed down by such dastardly and beastly acts, they added.

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