Thousands of women killed, molested in IOK since Jan 1989

Women including Aasiya Andrabi facing illegal detention

Islamabad, March 08 (KMS): As the world is observing the International Women’s Day, today, the miseries and victimization of Kashmiri women by Indian troops and police personnel continue unabated in occupied Kashmir.

According to a report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, today, thousands of women were among 95,316 Kashmiris martyred by Indian military, paramilitary and police personnel since January 1989 till date. At least 667 women have been martyred by Indian troops since January 2001 till date.

The report pointed out that since January 1989, the unabated Indian state terrorism rendered 22,899 women widowed. The Indian forces’ personnel molested 11,113 women that included victims of Kununposhpora mass rape and Shopian double rape and murder. An eight-year girl, Aasifa Bano, of Kathua, was abducted, gang-raped and subsequently murdered by Indian police personnel, last year.

The report said that thousands of women lost their sons, husbands, fathers and brothers in the occupied territory who were subjected to custodial disappearance by Indian Army, police and paramilitary personnel. As per the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, more than 8,000 Kashmiris went missing in custody during the past 30 years, it added.

The report said, during the ongoing mass uprising triggered by the extrajudicial killing of prominent youth leader, Burhan Wani, on 8th July in 2016, hundreds of unarmed Kashmiri youth, school boys and girls have been injured due to the firing of bullets and pellets by the Indian forces’ personnel on peaceful protesters. Of these injured at least 70 young boys and girls including Insha Mushtaq and Ifra Shakour lost eyesight while 18-month baby Hiba Nisar and 32-year-old Nusrat Jan suffered partial damage to their eyesight, it said.

The report said that several women including Hurriyat leaders, Aasiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi and Naheeda Nasreen were facing illegal detention. They are being victimized only for the reason that they represent the Kashmiri people’s aspirations.

The report further pointed out that majority of the Kashmiris suffering from multiple psychic problems was of womenfolk. Many mothers are waiting for their disappeared sons while widows and half-widows are in pain.

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