Crime

Kashmiri leaders demand probe into ‘rape’ of minor girl by troops

SRINAGAR: Various pro liberation leaders of the occupied Valley have strongly condemned the rape of 13-year- old girl at the hands of troopers in Dandipora, Kokernag, south of Kashmir and demanded high level probe. Stating that army in Valley has ‘crossed every limit to violate human rights’, High Court Bar Association (HCBA) Friday demanded high level probe into the rape of a 13-year-old girl allegedly by 36 RR in south Kashmir’s Islamabad district.

According a local news gathering agency KNS, quoting general secretary HCBA, advocate Ghulam Nabi Shaheen: “On Wednesday night troopers of 36 RR raped a residential cleric’s daughter in Kokernag in the garb of search operation. They barged into the house of Muhammad Abdullah Khatana and after locking the family members in one room raped his daughter. This only shows that Indian army here has gone out of control and is not answerable to its higher ups and government as well.”

He said, “On one side government terms troopers as the guards of people while on the other side they attack the chastity of our mothers, daughters and sisters. The world human rights organizations should take strong notice of the inhuman incident and pressurize New Delhi to end all human rights violations in the State.”

Meanwhile, Peoples League and Mahaz-e Azadi also condemned the rape incident and appealed United Nations to investigate the HR violations in Kashmir. “These kinds of incidents are not only highly condemnable but such heinous acts are enough to twist the conscience of a righteous human being. World human rights organizations should prove their basic role and responsibility by pressurizing New Delhi to take stern action against the erring army personnel. PL appeals UN to make efforts to solve the 61 years old issue and force New Delhi to take practical steps,” KNS quoted PL spokesperson Ghulam Nabi Waseem as saying.

Stating Indian Army has used rape as a weapon in Kashmir over the last two decades, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Font (JKLF UK Zone) and its Diplomatic Committee condemned the rape of the 13-year-old girl and termed the incident ‘barbaric’ and ‘inhuman.’

In a statement, Head of JKLF Diplomatic Committee Prof Zafar Khan said: “JKLF has contacted Human Rights groups to take notice of such violations in the Kashmir and will also present a petition to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on 10th of December.” Khan further added, “The petition will highlight the basic violations of human rights, recent unlawful arrests of senior Kashmiri leaders including JKLF’s senior Vice Chairman Sheikh Mohammed Afzal and the beatings of women protesters.”

He said that JKLF has a hope that the British Government will engage in pro-active approach for the durable solution of Kashmir issue. Khan said that Britain has moral obligation to play a pivotal role in the peaceful resolution of this vexed issue.-SANA

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