Kunan-Poshpora victims remembered in Srinagar

Kunan-Poshpora victims remembered in Srinagar

"Till date no soldier or officer has been penalized or even booked for that inhuman and savage like attack on women of Kashmir."

The victims of Kunan-Poshpora were remembered with separatist organisations staging protests at Press Enclave here on Monday.

 

Marking 25th anniversary of the incident in which girls and women were raped by soldiers of 6 Rajputana Rifles on night of February 23, 1991 during crackdown, the day was observed with a protest rally by leaders of Hurriyat (M), which included Javaid Ahmad Mir, Shahid-ul-Islam, Hilal Ahmad War, Abdul Majid Banday, Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi, Abdul Rashid Untoo, Jaffer Kashmiri, Abdul Majid Wani, Abdul Manan Bukhari, Ghulam Hassan Mir, Ghulam Mustafa Bhat, Farooq Ahmad Sodagar, Fatima and other activists. They also participated in the protest march as Hurriyat had declared February 23 as ‘Youm-e-Tahafuz Khawateen Kashmir’ (Day for Protection of Kashmiri Women).

 

“Twenty five years have passed but Army men involved in the mass rape and outraging of modesty of women at Kunanposhpora have not been booked for this ghastly crime,” the protesters said.

 

As per the statement, senior Hurriyat (M) leaders Ghulam Nabi Waseem and Ghulam Nabi War visited Kunan Poshpora and expressed solidarity with the victims and their families on behalf of the conglomerate and Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

 

Hurriyat Conference J&K and International Forum for Justice organized a joint protest at Press Enclave here in which Muslim Conference chairman Shabir Ahmed Dar, International Forum for Justice Chairman Muhammad Ahsan Untoo and others along with a number of women activists participated.

 

In a statement, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik said, “Dishonor of our sacred mothers and sisters in 1991, at Kunanposhra remains a glaring example of state terrorism in Jammu Kashmir.” 

 

"Till date no soldier or officer has been penalized or even booked for that inhuman and savage like attack on women of Kashmir."

 

Jammu Kashmir National Front chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan who continues to be in detention, said, “Mass rape victims are continuously denied justice on the institutional level and the culprit soldiers are rooming free even after 25 years of the shameful incident.”

 

Remembering Kunan Poshpora mass rape victims on their 25th anniversary, the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah in a statement said, “The victims have not been provided justice while as culprits continue to roam scot-free. The silence maintained by state administration and pro-India politicians is the worst kind of opportunism.”

 

In a statement, JKLF (R) patron Barrister Abdul Majid Tramboo said, “We will never forget this episode and still feel its pain. Despite strong evidences, the culprits are roaming free.”