‘Official figures on rapes, molestations misleading’

Srinagar, Oct 9: Refuting official figures about rape and molestation incidents involving armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir, the Hurriyat Conference Wednesday alleged that 7500 women were raped or...

Srinagar, Oct 9: Refuting official figures about rape and molestation incidents involving armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir, the Hurriyat Conference Wednesday alleged that 7500 women were raped or molested by the forces in the State in the past 24 years.
 "But not a single personnel involved in the heinous crime was convicted or brought to justice. The 579 convicted were all civilian cases. The state administration is presenting the figures to confuse the public opinion. Army and paramilitary forces in Jammu and Kashmir have been using the rape and humiliation as a war weapon against womenfolk. The forces enjoy impunity under the cover of AFSPA and Disturbed Area Act," said the Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar in statement.
 Referring to the rape incidents of Kunan Poshapora, Chanpora, Handwara, Jigar Pora and double rape and murder case of Asiya and Neelofar in Shopian in 2009, the spokesman claimed that the involvement of "force personnel in these heinous crimes was beyond any shade of doubt."
 "During the past 24 years, a few victims of rape died. Since all these years the investigations against the forces personnel involved in rape and molestation cases were not initiated and nor was any culprit involved brought to justice," the Hurriyat spokesman said.
 Flaying those who presented the figures in the Legislative Assembly, the spokesman said "what justice could be expected from the persons who are being paid from army funds." "They cannot dare to go against the commands of army nor can they bring actual figures to fore," said the spokesman.
 Commenting on the revelations made by General VK Singh, the spokesman said, "Now the mainstream politicians stand exposed and it is proved that they play their role as per the directions of armed forces."

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