Kunan-Poshpora mass rape anniversary

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) on Monday announced that it would observe February 23 as ‘Youm-e-Tahafuz Khawateen’ to “appreciate the valor and patience” of Kunan-Poshpora mass-rape victims.
The amalgam, according to a statement issued here, held a joint meeting of its general council and working committee at its Raj Bagh headquarters here.
The meetings were presided over by the Hurriyat (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
The participants paid tributes to the Kunan Poshpora victims, saying they were awaiting justice while the culprits were yet to be booked.
“The testimonies of the victims and their families should be an eye-opener for the international community and rights bodies,” the leaders said and decided to organise various programmes on February 23—the day on which the women of the twin villages in north Kashmir were raped by the government forces in 1991.
“The programmes would highlight various aspects of this shameful act perpetuated by the Indian army personnel, and try to spread awareness among the international community about the incident,” they said.
The meetings also discussed the “present political situation, ongoing resistance movement, and various organisational matters”.
“The ongoing political and human rights situation in Jammu Kashmir is a matter of serious concern. Delay in the resolution of Kashmir issue would continue to pose a threat to the permanent peace in the region; an end of violence in the region is not possible.
“Also, the nuclear neighbours India and Pakistan continue to have hostile relationship for the past seven decades,” the meetings observed.
The leaders said the political leadership of India and Pakistan must take “real Kashmiri leadership” into confidence while holding a dialogue for the resolution of Kashmir issue.
Expressing anguish over the growing “intolerance” in India, the amalgam leaders said it was the outcome of “nurturing rightwing extremist ideology”.
“It is extremely dangerous to compare this extremist chauvinism with patriotism and nationalism, which could give rise to a very complicated situation.”
The conglomerate is organising a state-wide session of its senior leaders and activists on February 25 to further discuss the political situation and to chalk out a future course of action.