Srinagar: The Support Group for Justice for Kunan Poshpora approached the State Human Rights Commission on Friday, to challenge the denial of permission for an event on 23rdFebruary, commemorating the ‘Kashmiri Women’s Resistance Day’.
The group pleaded that there is no provision under law where the permission is needed from the District Magistrate for holding seminars and press Conference regarding public interest issue.
“It is the arbitrary exercise of the police to prevent such meetings without giving any explanation or reason.”
The SHRC has ordered the state to respond with its report on 1st May, citing reasons for not allowing the event of 23rd February, the support group said in a statement.
February 23 marks the anniversary of the Kunan Poshpora mass rape and torture case of 1991 and post 2013 the support group has organized events including debates and discussions and peaceful means of protest against the delay in justice to the survivors.
Last year the venue had to be changed at the last moment as permission was not given by the police for the book launch of ‘Do you remember Kunan Poshpora?’, and this year the event was banned by the SSP vide order no: PCS/45-17/8356-57, citing law and order problems that could arise as a result of discussing Kunan Poshpora.
“By denying permission for such events the State has made it clear that the victims will not be allowed the right to speech and that apart from shielding the perpetrators it will make every attempt to silence both the victims and those who stand in their support,” the support group said.