Pakistan urges world to take action against Indian violence against women in Kashmir

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

23rd Feb, 2021. 11:55 am
Pakistan

Pakistan on Tuesday said that lack of accountability of perpetrators and absence of justice for rape victims in Kashmir continue to define India’s deliberate disregard for rule of law and human rights.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry in a statement urged the international community to play its role to address the systematic violence against women in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K).

Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said the incidents of systematic violence and mass rapes in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir have been documented by a number of independent Commissions, human rights organizations, global media and civil society organizations, including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

He said today, we sadly remember the horrific incident of mass rape of Kashmiri women in Kunan and Poshpora villages of IIOJK on this day in 1991. He said the fateful day continues to remain a scar on collective memory of the international community.

The Spokesperson said lack of accountability of perpetrators and absence of justice for victims continue to define India’s deliberate disregard for rule of law and human rights.

He said India has employed rape, torture, degrading treatment and killings of Kashmiri women as instruments of state terrorism in the occupied territory.

Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said these state sanctioned heinous crimes have further intensified since India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5th August 2019.

On the other hand, in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations denounced the tragic incident of Kunan-Poshpora mass rape, perpetrated by Indian men in uniform in Kupwara district almost three decades ago.

Indian troops had gang-raped around 100 women of all ages from eight to eighty years old on the night of February 23 in 1991 during a siege and search operation in Kunan-poshpora area of Kupwara district.

The leaders in their statements issued in Srinagar said the victims of the mass rape tragedy are still awaiting justice.

They added that Kunan-poshpora mass rape, one of the worst tragedies in human history, is a chilling example of Indian forces’ brutalities in the occupied territory.

They pointed out the tragedy is witness to institutionalized and structured violence being used by India against women in Kashmir for their role in the freedom movement.

“Kashmiri women are sexually harassed, tortured and raped by Indian troops during house raids to suppress the Kashmiris’ freedom sentiment.”

The statements maintained that India is using rape as a weapon of war and a military tactic to punish and humiliate Kashmiris.

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