SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday strongly condemned the arrest of mother and two sisters of a militant in Kishtwar on the suspicion of being involved in the killing of BJP worker and his brother about a month back.
Geelani in a statement issued here said that “we neither support nor encourage any attempt to harm anybody on the basis of political ideology, no matter how divergent or unacceptable they are.”
“Punishing the kiths and kins, particularly women folk, for the crime they have never done, is the age-old revengeful tactics of India, as they have been doing so very shamelessly for the last 70 years,” he said.
“Champions of gender discrimination and those fighting for the women rights should at least question their leaders, with tall claims of protecting and respecting women, that why this biased dubious approach to the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said appealing women’s rights organisations and human rights forums to come to the rescue of “helpless women” of Kashmir as they have been on the receiving end for the last 7 decades.
Geelani also condemned the use of force on the funeral procession of Mehraj-ud-din of Sopore, during which scores of people were injured and said that “in Kashmir, people are barred from mourning and peaceful protest are dealt with military might.”
He further said that “although right to peaceful assembly, protest and speech has been acknowledged by international laws, but such kind of peaceful activity is a dreaded sin in Kashmir and severely punished by the largest democracy of the world, India.”