2021 February 23 » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, February 23 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have denounced the tragic incident of Kunanposhpora mass rape, perpetrated by Indian men in uniform in Kupwara district, three decades ago.

On the night of 23 February 1991, terrorists of Indian Army in uniform entered the houses in Kunanposhpora village and gang-raped around 100 women from eight to eighty years old without any shame.

APHC General Secretary, Molvi Bashir Ahmed in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, deplored that India had denied access to international human rights organizations to the occupied territory to probe the shameful act. Other Hurriyat leaders including Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Bilal Ahmad Siddiqui, Khawaja Firdous, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Aquib Wani, Democratic Freedom Party and Jammu and Kashmir National Front in their statements said that India was using rape and molestation as a weapon of war to suppress the freedom sentiment. »

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New Delhi, February 23 (KMS): An Indian court, in fabricated cases, has framed terrorism, sedition and other charges against Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson Aasiya Andrabi and her two associates Fehmeeda Sofi and Naheeda Nasreen on the charge of waging war against India.

Special Judge Parveen Singh had put Andrabi and her associates – Sofi Fehmeeda and Nahida Nasreen – on trial in fake cases punishable under Indian Penal Code and draconian law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) on 20 February. »

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ImageSrinagar, February 23 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, posters have appeared in Srinagar and other parts of the territory reiterating appeal to the Kashmiri people to observe shutdown on Narendra Modi’s proposed visit to the territory.

The posters were displayed by Warseen-e-Shuahada Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat Youth Forum of Kashmir, and Jammu and Kashmir Justice League.

The posters say that Modi is killer of Muslims and he has unleashed a killing spree in IIOJK. They maintain that Modi has nefarious designs against Kashmir and its people. “Modi is a terrorist and plans to commit genocide of Kashmiris. »

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New York, February 23 (KMS): The Committee to Protect Journalists, New York-based non-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes press freedom and defends the rights of journalists, has called upon the Indian government to drop investigations into the work of journalists Mir Junaid, Sajad Gul and Yashraj Sharma and allow them to report without interference.

On January 30, Indian police in occupied Jammu and Kashmir opened criminal investigations into Sharma, a reporter at The Kashmirwalla news website, and Junaid, a reporter at The Kashmiriyat news website, on the fake charge of incitement. »

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Srinagar, February 23 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have denounced the tragic incident of Kunan-Poshpora mass rape, perpetrated by Indian men in uniform in Kupwara district almost three decades ago.

Indian troops had gang-raped around 100 women of all ages from eight to eighty years old on the night of February 23 in 1991 during a siege and search operation in Kunan-poshpora area of Kupwara district. »

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London, February 23 (KMS): Jammu and Kashmir listed as one of the 10 conflicts to watch for in 2021 alongside others such as Yemen; Myanmar, Ethiopia, and Armenia and Azerbaijan could deteriorate further, warned the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) Project.

The ACLED which is a non-governmental organization specializing in disaggregated conflict data collection, analysis, and crisis mapping, in its latest report said that there is disillusionment and anger among Kashmiris against India’s [illegal] move on August 5, 2019. It said another source of a possible spur in armed activities is new citizenship and land laws that allow outsiders to purchase land in Jammu and Kashmir besides claiming residency. Before Aug. 5, 2019, only Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist residents of the Muslim-majority region had these rights. »

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Urges India to end curbs in IIOJK

Geneva, February 23 (KMS): Turkey has raised the Kashmir dispute at the United Nations Human Rights Council, with a call for resolving the decades-old dispute on the basis of UN resolutions and the “legitimate” expectations of Kashmiri people who are struggling for their right of self-determination.

“We reiterate our call to the Government of India to ease current restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the 47-member Council in Geneva. »

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Express concern over use of black laws, NIA against rights defenders, journalists

Geneva, February 23 (KMS): A seven-member team of multiple Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations has expressed deep concerns over the arbitrary use of draconian laws and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) against human rights defenders and journalists in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir aimed at discrediting their work.

In a letter addressed to the Government of India, the rapporteurs have noted that the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) authorises warrantless searches and individual arrests for up to 6 months when the person is designated as ‘terrorist’. Moreover, its broad scope makes it easily amenable to abuse.” The letter was shot on December 22, 2020, but was released recently. »

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Islamabad, February 23 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter held a seminar in Islamabad, today, on the completion 30 years to the gory incident of Kunanposhpora mass rape.

Around 100 women were gang-raped by Indian troops during a cordon and search operation in Kunanposhpora area of Kupwara district on the night of February 23 in 1991. The troops involved in the tragic incident have not been punished till date.

The speakers at the seminar expressed grave concern over the worst human rights violations being perpetrated by Indian troops in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. They condemned the denial of justice to the victims of the Kunanposhpora mass rape and condemned the Indian government, judiciary and army for not punishing the troops involved in the tragedy. »

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Muzaffarabad, February 23 (KMS): International Forum for Justice and Human Rights J&K organized a sit-in protest at Burhan Wani Shaheed Chowk in Muzaffarabad, today, against the sexual assaults on the oppressed Kashmiri women and to seek justice for the victims of Kunanposhpora mass rape by Indian troops.

A statement issued by the organization said that hundreds of women and other citizens participated in the sit-in. The women held banners and placards with slogans seeking justice for the victims of Kunanposhpora tragedy. The women chanted slogans against the oppression of the Indian forces and in favour of Kashmir’s freedom from Indian yoke. The protesters demanded punishment for the troops involved in the Kunanposhpora incident. »

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