Srinagar: On International Women’s Day, the pro-freedom leadership of Kashmir expressed dismay over the international community’s failure to highlight the plight of Kashmiri women and mitigate their sufferings, saying, “Kashmiri women have suffered heavily”.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a statement issued here, said when the whole world is stressing on safeguarding the rights of women, the situation in Kashmir is entirely different.
He said Kashmiri women have faced enormous hardships and challenges particularly during the movement. “They have been the target of severe mental torture and physical exploitation. Thousands of Kashmiri mothers, daughters and sisters have been suffering the severe pain of disappearance and loss of their loved ones.”
Mirwaiz said the incidents like Kunan-Poshpora, Chanapora, Shopian, etc where government forces sexually abused women should shake the conscience of the world.
“On one hand, women are facing pain of the separation of their dear ones and atrocities by government forces, and on other side, they face domestic violence due to degradation of moral and social values in our society,” he said, adding, the domestic violence, hardships and difficulties faced by women “has become a new challenge for us”.
Mirwaiz appealed the international rights bodies to play their role and use their influence to ensure safeguarding the rights of Kashmiri women.
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, on Tuesday said Kashmiri women have been the “worst victims of Indian oppression and tyranny” while seeking the international community’s attention towards the issue.
In a statement issued here, Malik said Kashmiri women suffered heavily due to conflict and their sacrifices will be written in golden words in history.
“She has suffered, as a mother when her son got martyred or disappeared in custody, as a wife when her husband was targeted, and as a woman when her chastity was violated by the trigger happy forces of India,” Malik said.
“Indian rulers, who claim to worship Sita, Paarvati, Kali-Mata and Ganga, have used the ‘attack on chastity of women’ as a war tool in Kashmir and have dishonored its women with impunity,” he said. Malik asked the international community to shun its “double-standards” and take steps to mitigate the sufferings of Kashmir women, “who are physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially targetted and oppressed by Indian forces and their policies”.