SRINAGAR: On the 26th anniversary of Kunan Poshpora mass rape incident, Hurriyat Conference (M) has urged the international human rights bodies and world community to raise their voice against the “darkest chapter” in the contemporary history of Kashmir.
In a statement issued here, a spokesman of the conglomerate termed the failure of punishing the guilty soldiers as very unfortunate and blamed the ruling class for “always playing a criminal role to protect the culprits”.
“No investigation was carried into the incident and no guilty punished despite passing of 26 long years,” he said.
The spokesman said though the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) had in 2011 asked for punishing the guilty personnel and compensating the victims, but the “the role played by the ruling class was to cover up the issue and protect the guilty”.
He said the conglomerate observes February 23 as ‘Kashmir Women’s Resistance Day’ to depict the “resilience of our brave women folk to face all odds for the sake of freedom, to highlight the atrocities carried by the government forces on Kashmiri women, and to attract attention of the international community towards the grave human rights violations in Kashmir”.
The spokesman said lack of any action against the guilty and the complete silence on part of successive governments has been mocking at the tall claims of those claiming to be the representatives and saviors of the people of Kashmir.
“It also exposes the double standards of Indian system while dealing with Kashmiris. Those talking loud of justice and democratic values of India willfully provided protection to Army personnel involved in this gruesome incident and muzzled all principles of justice and humanity by taking no action against the rapists,” he said.
“Many international rights bodies including the Amnesty International in their recent reports had accepted the excessive and indiscriminate use of force by government forces on the people of Jammu Kashmir. History stands witness to the fact that Indian forces have been misusing the unbridled powers they enjoy under the draconian black laws like AFSPA while the governments have always played a criminal role to hush up these cases of grave human rights violations,” he added.
Appealing the rights bodies and the civilised nations, who believe in justice and humanity, to use their influence to bring the culprits of the gory incident of Kunan Poshpora to justice.