Srinagar: Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday appealed to the United Nations to conduct an investigation into the Kunan-poshpora mass rape incident of 1991.
Calling the incident a “living proof of the state terrorism and fascism” of India in Kashmir, Geelani appealed UN Chief Ban ki-moon to “conduct the investigation of Kunan-Poshpora and other like incidents in Kashmir by the United Nations War Crime Tribunal like this world institution did in Bosnia.”
Rights groups say more than 30 women were raped by soldiers of 6 Rajputana Rifles on the night of Feb 23, 1991 in the twin villages of Kunan and Poshpora.
Army, however, has denied the charges.
“Geelani sahab expressed his sorrow that after the 25 years of the inhuman and beastly act in Kunan-Poshpora in 1991, there is still no case registered against anybody and nor has been any involved army officer or personnel arrested,” said a statement issued by the amalgam.
Geelani alleged that the successive governments have failed to make any sincere attempt to register a case into the incident.
“This episode is deliberately tried to hush-up and for this not only the occupational forces of India are creating troubles but the successive state governments have also played a criminal role in this regard and they have never made any sincere attempt to register any case in this regard till date,” he charged. “Whether it was NC, Congress or the PDP in the power, everybody tried to conceal the Kunan-Poshpora incident.”
The octogenarian leaders praised a group of women who have written a book over the incident.
“We are proud of our daughters and their work is really encouraging for the entire nation,” he said.
Geelani said that the book has generated a new hope. “We can in future hold India accountable before the world community for its crimes against the humanity in Kashmir and we can bring its armed forces involved in the war crimes to the justice.”
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (G) on Wednesday appealed people to assemble at Pampore tomorrow for the funeral prayers in absentia for three militants who died after a 48-hour stand-off with government forces in Sempora area on Monday.
Calling it a “religious obligation”, a spokesperson of the amalgam said that the prayers will be held after the Zuhr (afternoon) prayers at Pampore.
“It is our religious obligation to offer funeral prayers to any Muslim who dies or achieves martyrdom,” it said in a statement.“Restricting this process is the direct interference into the religious affairs and this government action will in no way be accepted and tolerated.”
The Majlis-i-Shoura of the amalgam, which met here under the leadership of Shabir Ahmad Shah, appealed the people to participate in the proposed prayers and “organize special prayers for the martyrs.”
The Hurriyat advisory council criticized the administration and police for “preventing the proper and suitable burial of the martyrs of the Pampore gunfight.”
“Government has to be cautious in future and should not repeat these silly acts (of handing over bodies to locals),” it said.