Shopian remembers Asiya, Neelofar

To commemorate the sixth anniversary of two young women, allegedly raped and murdered by men in uniform, a protest demonstration was held here today.
Shopian remembers Asiya, Neelofar
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To commemorate the sixth anniversary of two young women, allegedly raped and murdered by men in uniform, a protest demonstration was held here today.

On this day in 2009, Asiya, (17) and her sister in law, Neelofar (21) had gone to their orchard where they were allegedly raped and then murdered by men in uniform. The state government had immediately ruled out the rape and murder and termed it as a case of drowning. 

However, following outcry the government ordered a judicial inquiry while as the police also constituted Special Investigating Team (SIT) which in its reports did not rule out the same but the case was later handed over to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which concluded that the women had died due to drowning.

On the call of Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Geelani, people gathered outside Jamia Masjid and held a pro-freedom march.

The demonstration was led by Hurriyat (G) leaders including Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Yasmeen Raja, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Hakeem Abdul Rasheed, Muhammad Ramzan Khan, Ameer Hamza, Muhammad Yousuf Falahi, Bashir Ahmad Qurashi, Sheikh Muhammad Ramzan, Muhammad Yousuf Mir, Shakeel Ahmad and Muhammad Amin Parray. 

Later a sit-in was organized near Gole Chowk.

Speaking on the occasion, the Hurriyat leaders said, "From the last seven decades India is using rape as war weapon to crush the freedom sentiment of people of Jammu and Kashmir but has failed as the people neither succumbed nor will succumb before military might of the oppressor."

The Hurriyat leaders  demanded reopening of the rape and murder case 'so that guilty are brought to book.'

Meanwhile, Fateh Khawani was held at the graveyard where the two women are laid to rest.

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