Kashmiri women still face severe hardships, victimization: Ali Raza

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Brussels

Chairman Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU) Ali Raza Syed has said, women in all over the world celebrated their International Day on Monday (8th March) but the women in the occupied Kashmir are constantly facing severe miseries and victimization at the hand of Indian occupation forces.

In a statement issued on the International Women’s Day marked on March 08, he said that thousands of the Kashmiri women are among the martyrs of the occupied Kashmir since early 1990s.

Ali Raza Syed said there were also many cases of molestation of Kashmiris women committed by the Indian troops and these cases were including the incidents of Kunun-poshpora mass rape and Shopian double-rape-and murder of 17-year-old Aasiya and her sister-in-law Neelofar since 1989.

Similarly, during this period many other cases were reported as an eight-year-old girl, Aasifa Bano of Kathua, Jammu, was abducted, gang-raped and subsequently murdered by Indian forces personnel.

He said that there are thousands of women in the occupied Kashmir who lost their sons, husbands, fathers and brothers as these men were subjected to custodial disappearances or killed extra judicially by India troops.

Chair of KC-EU said, Kashmir’s women including mothers and widows are living a painful life because killings of their sons and husbands by Indian troops continue without any hurdle.

Most young men are killed in occupied Kashmir during cordon and search operations.

Some of the media sources revealed that thousands of women were among the approximately 100,000 Kashmiris martyred by the Indian military, paramilitary and police personnel since January 1989.

According to some of the credible figures, the Indian military, paramilitary and police personnel have widowed 22,899 women and molested 11,113 others since the start of state terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir in January 1989.

Ali Raza Syed call upon the international community particularly women rights organizations to take serious steps to stop the human rights violations including the rights of the women in the occupied Kashmir.

Kashmir Council Europe also announced that it will organize a webinar titled, “The Half-Widows of Jammu and Kashmir,” on 18 of current month of March.

Participants of the online conference, which will be held from 16:00 to 18:00 of Belgium’s time, will discuss the hardships of the women in the occupied Kashmir.—INP