‘Our mothers and sisters stand as symbols of resistance’
SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik and seven other party leaders and activists including Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Muhammad Azeem Zargar, Basharat Ahmad Butt, Nazir Ahmad, Meraj ud din and Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, who were arrested on Friday while protesting against the growing attacks on Kashmiri women, have been shifted to central jail Srinagar on a judicial remand, a JKLF statement issued here said.
A JKLF spokesperson in a statement issued here termed these arrests as “an evident support of so-called rulers to criminals involved in braid chopping”. He said instead of doing something to apprehend criminals involved in attacks on women, the “so-called rulers” and their police are trying to “suppress the voices that are being raised against these gruesome criminal acts”.
“Arresting, beating, incarcerating and torturing everyone who, in a peaceful manner wants to register protest against oppressors and criminals, has become an order of the day and Jammu Kashmir has been turned into a police state,” the spokesperson said. “Every little space on peaceful activities has been choked and every voice is being suppressed and all this is being done under the garb of so-called democracy.”
The spokesperson said Kashmiri women are brave enough to resist these “ugly” attacks. “Our mothers and sisters stand as symbols of resistance and cowardly attacks like braid chopping can never succeed in breaking their will and valour,” he said.