Rape, molestation used as war weapon: Geelani

Greater Kashmir

‘Again prevented from offering Friday prayers’

Srinagar May 30: Lauding the people of Shopian for observing complete shutdown in the district against the double rape-murder of Asiya and Neelofar, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani today reiterated his demand for investigation of the tragedy by some independent agency and punishment to the culprits.
 “Army and other government forces have been using the rape and molestation of women as a weapon of war and these incidents will continue to occur in future also if the culprits are not booked and punished,” said Geelani in a statement today.
 “Kashmiris have offered sacrifices for their freedom movement and now it is time to protect these sacrifices. Our collective and national responsibility is to stay away from every such act which will harm or damage our freedom struggle. The purpose of remembering Asiya, Neelofar and other like incidents is that we should not enter in any type of compromise with these people who have committed these heinous crimes and who are continuously attacking our basic and birth rights,” Geelani said.
 Meanwhile, Geelani, who continues to remain under house detention since April 16, was again barred from offering Friday prayers today, the statement said.
 Terming the government action as unconstitutional and interference in the religious affairs, the Hurriyat spokesman said, “How how long will this process continue and when will be this pro-freedom leader released?”
 He has appealed to the Amnesty International and other human rights organizations to use their influence for release the pro-freedom leader.