SRINAGAR: Stating that rape is being used as a war weapon by the Indian Army to punish Kashmiris for their demand of right to self-determination, noted human rights activists and anthropologist Dr Anjana Chatterjee said, “7000 Kashmiri women have been gang raped in homes, streets and camps by Indian troops.” She was speaking at a seminar ‘Experience of Detainees’ organised by Peoples Rights Movement (PRM). Quoting a Human Rights Watch report, Kolkatta based activist, Chatterjee said that 63 interrogation centres are located In Kashmir, 26 of which fall in Srinagar district with 19 centres in Srinagar city alone.“
There been more than 75 thousands deaths in Kashmir and over 8 thousand cases of disappearances which shows that there is a continuous genocide of Kashmiris,” she said.
Chatterjee said she would raise the issue in international forums and demand commissioning of an international committee “to look into the levels and number of tortures committed by Indian troops in Kashmir.”
Speaking on the occasion noted civil society activist, Gautam Naulakha said he is ashamed of being an Indian and feels “disgraced to belong to a nation which is committing war crimes on Kashmiris for their demand of right to self determination.” He said, “It is believed that more than more than 60,000 Kashmiris have been tortured in prisons and interrogation centres by Indian Army and the levels of torture committed on Kashmiris have no match in the entire world.”
Naulakha said that there is a need to document these tortures and file them in the court on test bases to see the outcome of the judiciary, adding the documentation will internationalize the issue of tortures which have not been reported over the last 18 years.
Veteran journalist and human rights activist, Zahir-ud-din blamed ICRS and Amnesty International for “their failure to highlight the issue of human Rights violation in the state of Jammu Kashmir.”Amnesty international is Indianised and so has ICRS,” he said.
The organisations have failed to deliver in the state of Jammu Kashmir and the reason for that is that these European based organisations cannot annoy India which is turning out to be a huge market for them,” said Zahir-ud-din.
Noted lawyer and human rights activist, Parvez Imroz said, “There is a need to expose Indian government at international level for their war crimes in Kashmir and the only way to do that is to document these tortures and extra judicial killings.”-SANA