SRINAGAR: Describing the Kunan Poshpora mass rape incident as a a proof of “war crimes” committed by Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir, the pro-freedom groups have asked international bodies to take probe the incident.
Marking the 26th anniversary of the tragic incident, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani said in a statement, “This heart-wrenching incident is a living proof of the state terrorism and fascism of India in Kashmir and it can be assumed that how-grave war crimes are committed by the Indian occupational forces in Jammu & Kashmir.”
Geelani appealed UN Secretary General to conduct investigation in Kunan Poshpora and other similar incidents in Kashmir through the United Nations War Crime Tribunal.
“Even after 26 years of the inhuman and beastly act in Kunan-Poshpora, neither has any case been registered against the accused nor any involved army officer or personnel arrested or brought to book. This episode is deliberately hushed up and and the successive state governments including NC and PDP too have played a criminal role in this regard as till date they never made any sincere attempt to register case against the culprits,” Geelani said.
Chairman Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah said “Indian forces exposed their cheap character by committing such a heinous crime”.
In a statement issued here, Shah said, “Both Indian and state judiciary has failed in providing justice to victims while as culprits continue to roam scot-free. The silence maintained over the mass rape incident by state administration and pro-India politicians is worst kind of opportunism.”
Shah said that it was out of question to expect any kind of action against culprits from “power-hungry” politicians. “We have to boycott such politicians who are responsible for our suffering.”
Shah appealed the “humanists” across the world to take notice of the “crimes committed by Indian occupational forces in Jammu and Kashmir and how these forces use rape as a war tool in this disputed territory”.
Expressing solidarity with victims, Shah said the incident was “unfortunate and horrible part of our history”. He said delaying and denying justice only boosts the morale of criminals and further subjugates the weak and victim. “Such incidents are due to our slavery. Indian forces showed their cheap character by committing many shameful crimes like Kunan Poshpora, thereby inflicting a never-ending torment to the victims,” he said.
He reiterated his appeal to world bodies to “hold Indian forces accountable for their worst crimes” against the people of Jammu Kashmir.
Hailing the civil society groups fighting the legal case for such victims, Shah said, “We don’t expect any kind of justice from the so-called administration.”