Srinagar, March 08, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders have appealed to the world community to pay attention to the plight of the women in the territory as they have been the worst victims of Indian state terrorism. The Hurriyet leaders made the appeal during their addresses and statements on the occasion of International Women’s Day, today.
The Chairperson of Kashmir Tehreek-e-Khawateen, Zamruda Habib, led a silent protest at Press Enclave in Srinagar to draw world’s attention towards the atrocities of Indian troops and police on women in the occupied territory. Talking to mediamen on the occasion, she said that India was using the women as a weapon of war to suppress the Kashmiris’ ongoing freedom movement.
She said that Indian forces molested and harassed the Kashmiri women during their frequent cordon and search operations with impunity where as on each passing day, women were losing their dear ones as forces continued to massacre innocents particularly youth. Zamruda Habib said that thousands of women had been leading the life of widows and half-widows due to Indian occupation and their condition was miserable. She expressed solidarity with the women who had been subjected to molestation by Indian forces’ personnel during the last twenty seven years.
The Chairperson of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Khawateen Markaz, Yasmeen Raja, addressing a party meeting in Srinagar said that Indian troops and police personnel were subjecting the Kashmiri women to the worst kinds of atrocities to intimidate the Kashmiris into submission. She said that thousands of women had been rendered widowed and half-widowed as their husbands had been killed or subjected to custodial disappearance by the occupational forces. She said that despite all these Indian brutalities, the women were playing an important role in the ongoing Kashmir freedom Movement.
Yasmeen Raja said that Pakistan was the only country in the world that had been continuing its political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmir cause and highlighting at the international level the gross human rights violations perpetrated by Indian forces in the occupied territory.
She appealed to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon and the world human rights organisations like Amnesty International and Asia Watch as well as the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to provide justice to the Kashmiri women who had been the victims of Indian brutalities and play their role in the settlement of the Kashmir dispute on permanent basis.
APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in his message on global women’s rights day said that situation in Kashmir with regard women’s conditions was different from the rest of the world. He said that women of Kashmir had been badly affected by the long-pending Kashmir dispute. The Mirwaiz added that their rights were usurped and they were endured unending wait for thousands of male members who were subjected to enforced disappearance in the territory.
The Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar said that women of Jammu Kashmir were the worst victims of Indian oppression and tyranny. He said that international community should shun its double-faced policy and should take steps to safeguard rights of women of Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, the JKLF also staged a symbolic protest against atrocities on Kashmiri women. The protest program was headed by JKLF Vice Chairman, advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt.
Hurriyet leader, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, in a statement asked the international community to shun double standards and criminal silence towards the atrocities unleashed by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. He said that the Kashmiri women were among the worst sufferers of sexual violence in the world, apart from other forms of oppression and suppression. He demanded thorough probe into Kunanposhpora incident.
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