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Rape, Murder Mayhem

Its a sad day. another sad I mean.
Read this story of Rape and murder of two women in Kashmir by Indian armed forces. Can you imagine one of them was pregnant. Th younger one a teenager, her mauled body was thrown besides a shrine and smeared with Sindoor (vermilion), a mark of married Hindu woman.
How more symbolic can India get in raping Kashmiris enmasse.

Please read below:
Srinagar, June 9: The High Court Bar Association today alleged that Asiya (17) and Neelofar (22) of Shopian were abducted, gang-raped and murdered. “The ill-fated duo was raped even after their death,” the 2-member committee of the Bar Association, independently investigating the case, said on Tuesday.
Releasing the Committee’s “fact-finding” report to the media here today, Bar accused the Superintendent of Police (SP) Shopian of trying to cover-up the tragic incident to shield the culprits. “The SP even forced the doctors to change statements,” Bar Association general secretary Advocate G N Shaheen said.
“During the investigations we found that the perpetrators belonged to a particular community and they had even vandalized the bodies of the victims,” Shaheen said. He said the way Government is trying to cover-up the issue suggests involvement of some top security officials. He said the one-man commission of inquiry constituted by the Government is just a desperate bid to pacify the people’s rage and hoodwink the issue.
“If with limited resources, Bar could come out with the fact-finding report within a day, why has been Justice Jan Commission given one month to investigate the matter,” Shaheen said and added that it was just an attempt to buy time. He said in 30 days the State government and the Government of India would use all its machinery to erase the evidence and browbeat the witnesses to change the statements. “Such tactics has been adopted in past and the manner in which the State machinery has tried to suppress the facts clearly indicate that the all the instruments of the state are going overboard to cover up the issue and Jan commission is one such attempt,” he said and added that otherwise the Commission could have completed the investigation in a day or two.
“The forensic report has exposed the government. The government should produce the report before public,” Shaheen said adding that action should be taken against the doctors and police and civil officials who tried to hide the facts of the case.
The Bar demanded resignation of the chief minister Omer Abdullah, minister for rural development Ali Mohammad Sagar and the divisional commissioner Kashmir Masood Samoon for lying before the people and changing statements to shield the culprits.
The Bar also condemned and challenged the “concocted” reports of a Delhi-based news Channel wherein, according to the Bar, an unconvincing effort was made by one of its Srinagar-based reporters to project the “murder” of the two women as a case of natural death. “Government is now using media to shield the guilty. We urge the channel to take action against its correspondent Nazir Masoodi who has put the channel’s credibility at stake,” the Bar demanded.
Giving graphic details of the incident Shaheen said according to Neelofar’s husband who is also Asiya’s brother the duo left for their orchard at 4:30 PM on May 29 and did not return till late in the evening. Shakeel immediately went looking for the duo and returned home disappointed at 7:30 PM after searching them both in the orchard and along the way, the report.
“A resident near our orchard told me that Asiya and Neelofar had left from there much earlier. I rushed to home anticipating they might have returned,” it says.
“I called my friend and we thoroughly searched the whole area around the orchard, adjacent areas and Rambi-ara till 10:30 PM. But there was no trace of them anywhere,” it says.
“We went to the police station and asked them to register the missing report which they considered only verbally. Eight policemen, equipped with lights and torches assisted us but the till 2:30 Am there was no trace of my sister and wife,” it says, adding, “During the search cell phone of Hawaldar Muhammad Yasin was continuously ringing.”
“In the morning police asked us to return home saying they will restart search in the morning. But when there was no response from the police till 6:30 AM we came out searching again,” it says.
“Police along with SP Shopian and a cameraman arrived at the spot. SP pointed out at some red cloth in a particular direction and we found Neelofar’s body on the banks of Rambi-ara there,” it says.
“Her head was placed on a big stone with one hand upwards, her firaq lifted towards the chest and cut at certain places. The dupatta she was wearing while leaving home was not on her head,” it says.
“Marks of violence were visible on parts of her body. The body was lying on dry area and her body, hair and the clothes were completely dry,” it says.
“Her right arm was cut with teeth and similar marks were apparent on her chest. She had red scuffmarks round both wrists and neck, which seemed because of tightening of the hands. The body was half naked with torn clothes,” it says.
Report says the body was found near the crematory ground on the eastern bank of Rambi-ara, which falls near the CRPF camp and police lines located in the area.
“We searched that spot several times earlier during the night but there was no sign of Neelofar there,” it says.
The report says Asiya’s body was found one kilometer down stream from that of Neelofar’s.
“Asiya’s body was lying half naked on dry sand near Ziyarat Sharief Arhama. Her clothes were torn and hair, clothes and body was dry,” it says, documenting the eyewitness’ account.
“She had a serious wound on her head, cuts on right cheek and bruises on chest. Blood was dripping from her nose and it appeared Sindoor was thrown in her forehead,” it says.
The report says the dead bodies were taken to hospital for post-mortem, “But the SP prevailed over the doctors asking them to change the report and leave the hospital,” it adds.
On public demand, second post mortem was conducted and the bodies and were handed over to the family for last rites.
Documenting the statements of women who gave last ritual bath to the victims, it says: “Victims had clear physical and sexual exploitation marks on their bodies.”
The report rules out that the duo died a natural death, saying, “No circumstances suggest natural death or death by drowning. It is case of intentional murder.”
The report concludes that the police should lodge case under sections 363, 366, 376, 302 and 120B of RPC for kidnap of minor, abduction of major person, rape, and murder, and conspiracy respectively.
It says the SP, concerned SHO, Shafeeq Ahmad, are guilty of tampering with the evidence while as doctors of district hospital, Shopian, Dr Hilal Ahmad Dalal, Dr Nazir and Dr Bilquees are guilty of failure of duty and destruction of proof.
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LauraB's picture

Keeping us informed


By keeping the Pulsewire members informed about the atrocities in Kashmir, we are able to respond to you and others there personally. It is so difficult to know what exactly to say when senseless, gruesome acts are perpetrated.
It is heartbreaking.


JaniceW's picture

Thank you for the update

Fatima, this is "good" news although based on a very tragic event. Nusrat had posted news of this story when it broke and when the authorities were denying any wrongdoing, claiming the deaths were natural. I am glad that justice has indeed prevailed and I hope the culprits will soon be brought to trial.

kvr's picture

powerful article

Thank you for taking the time to share this with all of us. Compared to the number of silent atrocities that go on everyday it is hopeful that a story like this is receiving press. The more people that learn the truth of these harsh realities, the less darkness there will be to hide them. Keep speaking out. Your voice can create saftey for many women

suzanne's picture

Is it still going on?

Hi Fatima,
Thanks for making us aware that this activity is still happening in your land. I have heard stories firsthand from Kashmiri men I have met in India, but I was ignorant about the murder of women. I have also seen with my own eyes the discrimination and man-handling towards Kashmiris that goes on in other parts of India.
It was shocking to me as in New Zealand we do not see such blatant racism ( we have racism, believe me, but it is more subtle). I have been to Kashmir and it is such a beautiful place and it is hard to accept people do not have easy and free lives in such a beautiful place. I experienced the overbearing army presence, searches etc.but I do wish to return in th next year. I hope to meet you at that time.
In the meantime please keep us informed with your passionate writing.
Kind regards Suzanne

Kizzie's picture

I second Laura, this breaks

I second Laura, this breaks my heart:( I still can't understand why the Kashmir conflict is unresolved , neglected and forgotten. Too many people suffer there and you can't have a stable country (India or Pakistan) if a big part of your country is problematic. The international community should pay attention to issues like this instead of allowing them to fester for so long!

My heart goes out to the women of Kashmir!

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