Muzaffarabad, February 23: A protest sit-in was held under the auspices of International Forum for Justice Jammu and Kashmir at Afzal Guru Chowk to demand justice for the victims of mass rape that was perpetrated by Indian troops in Kunanposhpora area of occupied Kashmir in 1991.
A large number of women participated in the sit-in holding banners and placards in their hands inscribed with anti-India slogans.
On the intervening night of February 23 and 24 in 1991, the troops had gang-raped around 100 women in Kunanposhpora during a siege and search operation.
Addressing the sit-in, the speakers said that people of the occupied territory were struggling for securing their birthright to self-determination but the Indian government and its puppet administration were suppressing them through use of brute force. They added that India was using rape as a weapon of war against the people of Kashmir.
They said that Indian troops had disgraced over 11,000 Kashmiri women during the last 23 years and such heinous crimes were a blot on the so-called Indian democracy.
They speakers said that the people of Kashmir had been offering unparalleled sacrifices for securing right to self-determination and they would continue their struggle till complete success. They also asked the Pakistan government to raise the Indian atrocities against the innocent Kashmiris at the International Court of Justice.
The speakers included the Chairperson of Kashmir Cultural Academy, Professor Taqdees Gilani, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Muhammad Noorullah Qureshi, Shaukat Javed Mir, Raja Sajjad, Asif Mustafai, Aziz Ahmad Ghazali and Chaudhry Mushtaq.
Later, the participants took out a rally. A memorandum on human rights abuses in occupied Kashmir was also presented to the UN Observers’ Office on the occasion. (KMS)