Srinagar: Taking a strong note of the increasing cases of bloodshed and abuse within the state, Islamic University Faculty Association (IUFA) Friday issued a statement calling for an immediate end to the civilian killings, use of pellet guns, flagrant attempts to obstruct justice in the Kathua minor gang rape and murder case, cases of gross human rights abuses like incidents of human shields, etc. as these have escalated the tension and added to the suffering of Kashmiris.
The statement severely condemned the spree of civilian killings in the valley. It denounced the use of pellets which have left thousands severely injured and maimed for life with hundreds permanently blinded. While calling the situation in the valley bleak and brazen, “Islamic University fraternity is deeply saddened and pained at the horrendous Kathua minor gang rape and murder and calls for exemplary punishment to the culprits and stern action against their supporters”.
It has also demanded death penalty for child rape cases in the state and elsewhere. IUFA looks with deep concern at the blockade caused by a section of the society particularly by lawyers in the delivery of justice and protests against the blatant attempts by them, various political workers, and co-conspiring police officials to communalize this case. IUFA is of the opinion that regardless of the religious beliefs every human soul on this planet should be ashamed of such heinous crimes and should do everything possible in bringing the culprits to justice.
IUFA also calls for an immediate stop of force and violence against the student community of the valley, whose lives are put at risk by muzzling their freedom of expression by not allowing peaceful protests and by blockage of all channels of communication. Teachers are also concerned about the overall impact on education.