SRINAGAR: Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooqon Friday demanded exemplary punishment to the guilty involved in the gruesome rape and murder of a minor girl of Kathua, saying all the rape cases, including the Kunan-Poshpora mass rape, that took place in Kashmir since past three decades should be reopened and investigated so that guilty who continue to remain scot free are brought to book.
Addressing the Friday congregational gathering at the historic Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz urged the world human rights bodies to “raise voice against the brutal rapes and murders of Kashmiri women” and ensure justice is delivered as in case of Kathua minor Asifa.
“While on one hand people of JK are demanding stern punishment to the culprits of minor Kathua girl, and at the same time, we demand reopening of all rape and murder cases since 1990 and to bring culprits to book after investigations,” he said.
Mirwaiz, who was allowed to address Friday gathering after two weeks, said the rape and murder of eight-year-old girl shook the entire world and at the same time, “the incident has refreshed our old wounds and reminded (us) of many similar brutal mass rape and murders committed here by forces who continue to roam freely”.
He said the incidents like Kunan-Poshpora, Chaksaidpora, Pazipora, Dooru, Shopian (Asiya-Neolofar) are “the glaring examples of war crimes” committed by the forces in Kashmir since 1990 in order to create fear and intimidate the freedom seeking people of Kashmir.
“The rape and murder of minor Asifa was pre-meditated, and its aim was to push and evict the Bakerwal community from the area by instilling fear among them the way Kunan-Pospora act was committed to force entire Kashmir population into submission,” Mirwaiz said.
Mirwaiz also urged all the pro-justice people across the globe to ensure justice is delivered to all the victims of rape and murder in JK.
Mirwaiz also slammed the government for imposing frequent curbs and caging the resistance leadership in jails and homes. He said today strong voices are emulating across India and Pakistan that war was not the solution and that New Delhi must accept the ground reality and address the core issue of Kashmir.