JRL for UN probe into Kunan Poshpora mass rape

Referring to Kunan Poshpora tragedy, JRL said that “this heart wrenching incident is a living proof of the state terrorism in Kashmir and it can be assumed that how-grave war crimes are committed by the forces in Jammu and Kashmir.”

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 24 2018 12:55AM | Updated Date: Feb 24 2018 12:55AM
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Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Friday reiterated demand for impartial investigation into the Kunan Poshpora mass rape.

Referring to Kunan Poshpora tragedy, JRL said that “this heart wrenching incident is a living proof of the state terrorism in Kashmir and it can be assumed that how-grave war crimes are committed by the forces in Jammu and Kashmir.”

JRL in their appeal to UN secretary general asked him to initiate investigation in Kunan Poshpora and other incidents in the state by the UN War Crime Tribunal. “It is the moral duty of international community to investigate these cases and help declare the perpetrators as war criminals,” they added.

“Scores of women including elderly and minors were sexually assaulted on the intervening night of 23rd and 24th February 1991 by 4 Rajputana Rifles and 68 Mountain Brigade. The mass rape in Kunan Poshapora was not the first incident of its kind but humiliation of women folk by forces in state continues for the last 27 years,” added JRL.

“New Delhi despite clear proof, evidences and reports from local authorities did not take any notice of it. Instead, it encourages its armed personnel to indulge in such cases and used it (rape) as a weapon of war,” the statement said. 

Referring to statement of then home minister and BJP leader L K Advani, the JRL said that, “he is on record to have said the forces could not be prosecuted as it may affect their morale while dealing with their enemies.”  

“The government forces as well as other state institutions have no constitutional or legal obligation or binding and nor are they accountable for their wrongdoings of armed forces. State government has till date failed to do anything substantial in this regard. Actually, it is ministry of Home which runs the affairs in Jammu and Kashmir and they are least bothered about such inhuman incidents,” JRL said.

Lamenting at local authorities, the JRL said that “they tried their every attempt to hush-up and for this not only the forces are creating hurdles, but the successive state governments including NC and PDP also played a criminal role in this regard and till date they have never made any sincere attempt to register any case against culprits.” 

JRL said that “whether it was NC, Congress or the PDP in the power, everybody tried to conceal the Kunan-Poshpora incident.”

Referring to the recent rape case of a minor in Kathua, JRL said, “there is no let-up in offences against women and it is because of criminal silence maintained by international community that such inhuman incident continue to take place in Jammu Kashmir. We stress for investigation in offenses against women in Kashmir.”

 

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