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Indian troops using rape of Kashmiri women as a weapon of war, leaders said

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(Srinagar-AlummahWorld, 17 Jumada I, 1436, 08 March 2015) In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Iqbal Mir and Zamruda Habib have deplored that Indian troops were using the rape of Kashmiri women as a weapon of war to suppress the Kashmiris’ ongoing liberation movement.Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, Shabbir Ahmad Dar and Mohammad Iqbal Mir in a joint statement issued in Srinagar said that the Kashmiris particularly women had witnessed time to time physical as well as mental harassment by Indian forces despite hue and cry raised over the issue.

They said that the most heinous crime against women was witnessed in Kunanposhpora area of Kupwara where the Indian troops barged into the homes and raped around 100 women on the night of February 23 in 1991.

They said that due to militarization the 61 percent of married women in Kashmir were suffering from different types of health disorders. Thousands of women are suffering from infertility which has saddened such families, the statement added.

Expressing strong concern over the plight of the women in the territory, the leader urged the international community to declare sexual and physical harassment on women in Kashmir as a war crime in accordance with the norms of International Law. They demanded severe punishments to those Indian troops involved in such shameful acts in the territory.

Meanwhile, the Patron of Kashmir Tehreek-e-Khawateen (KTK), Zamruda Habib, in her statement on the eve of International Women’s Day appealed to the world community to intervene and take notice of the sufferings of Kashmiri women at the hands of Indian forces’ personnel.
She said that women’s day celebrations were incomplete as long the justice was denied to the Kashmiri women who were subjected to rape, molestation and other such brutalities.
As the world observes the International Women’s Day, the miseries and victimization of Kashmiri women by Indian troops and police personnel in occupied Kashmir continue unabated.

According to a report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, today, thousands of women were among 94,162 civilians, martyred by Indian troops and other paramilitary forces since January 1989 till date. It revealed that since January 1989 the state terrorism had rendered 22,795 women widowed while 10,129 were molested by the Indian forces.The report said that thousands of women suffered the loss of their sons, husbands and brothers in the occupied territory who got disappearedin the custody of troops, paramilitary and police personnel. As per the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, more than 8,000 Kashmiris went missing during the past 26 years, it added.

The report further pointed out that majority of the Kashmiris suffering from multiple psychic problems was of womenfolk.