Kunanposhpora survivors commemorate ‘Women’s Resistance Day’
Srinagar, February 25: Support Group for Justice for Kunanposhpora and the survivors of mass rape and torture organized a small interaction with the members of the press in Srinagar.
A statement issued by the Kunanposhpora Support Group in Srinagar said, on the completion of 26 years to Kunanposhpora mass rape and torture which is also commemorated as Women’s Resistance Day, the survivors of the mass rape and torture came all the way from Kunanposhpora to address members of the press and society .
They also remembered the struggle of the seven survivors who died during the last twenty six years of struggle, it said, adding that the most recent death, which occurred in 2016, was of a rape victim.
Pertinently, the Kunanposhpora case is in Supreme Court of India since December 2014.
The Support Group said that there had been deliberate delay in the legal process. “The delay only points out to the way in which Indian State is causing erasure of witnesses in the case. Despite the deliberate and calculated delay for the case, the survivors of the mass rape and torture pledge to continue fighting for justice,” it said.
Meanwhile, a women’s interactive session was organized in the office of Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) on the theme of ‘Militarisation and Me’, where a group of young women talked about their experiences of growing up in the militarised occupied Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the Working Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM), Mir Shahid Saleem, addressing a party meeting in Jammu appealed to the UN and world human rights organizations to impress upon India to conduct an impartial probe into the Kunanposhpora mass rape incident. He said that it was an unprecedented act of terror, where women and girls between the age group of 8 to 80 years were mercilessly raped and not a single Indian soldier involved in this heinous crime was punished till date.
It is to mention here that Indian troops had gang-raped around 100 women in Kunanposhpora area of Kupwara district on the night of 23rd February in 1991.