Anti-India sit-in protest held in Muzaffarabad » Kashmir Media Service

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.

It is to mention here that Indian troops had gang-raped around 100 women during a cordon and search operation in Kunanposhpora area of Kupwara district on the night of February 23 in 1991 and not a single Indian soldier involved in the tragic incident has been punished till date.

International Forum for Justice Vice Chairman Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Chairman Pasban-e-Hurriyat Uzair Ahmad Ghazali, PML-N leader Nasari Abbasi, Maira Khan, Shaukat Javed Mir, Shagufta Noreen Kazmi, Usman Ali Hashim, Advocate Azmi Shereen, Javed Ahmed Mughal, Bushra Bukhari, Advocate Yasir Naqvi, Saira Chishti, Shabnam Awan, Madam Naseema and others addressed the protesters and said that in IIOJK, Indian Army was using attacks on women and children as weapons of war.

“Kashmiri women have been victims of Indian oppression for the past three decades. The victims of Kunanposhpora have not received justice till date and the involved troops have not been brought to justice,” they deplored. The speakers said more than 12,000 Kashmiri women have been sexually assaulted by the Indian forces’ personnel in IIOJK. “More than 2200 Kashmiri women have been forced to live a life of half-widowed. Even today, Kashmiri women leaders, Aasiya Andrabi, Naheeda Nasreen, Fehmeeda Sofi and other women are imprisoned in Indian jails,” they said.

The speakers said that international human rights organizations should stop attacks of Indian terrorist troops on women, children and unarmed civilians in IIOJK. They appealed to the UN to take steps for immediate release of Kashmiri women lodged in Indian jails. They called upon the international community to play its effective role in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. They strongly condemned the arrest of human rights activist Muhammad Ahsan Untoo by Indian police in the occupied territory and demanded the release of all Kashmiri prisoners.

The protesters also marched from Burhan Wani Shaheed Chowk to the UN observer’s office two miles away and submitted a resolution to the observers seeking immediate intervention of the World Body to stop Indian atrocities on the people of IIOJK.

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