Kunan anniversary: Police denies permission to KCCS event

Aakash Hassan

KL News Network


The event scheduled for commemoration on the 26th anniversary of the Kunan ‘mass rape’ by Coalition of Civil Society has been denied permission by police, the KCCS announced on its facebook.

A letter sent by SSP Srinagar to District Magistrate Srinagar reads that “there is apprehension of law and order problem” and is not “advisable to grant permission for organizing” the event, the communicated that KCCS posted said.

Human rights activist and Program Coordinator of JKCCS Khurram Parvez posted on Facebook that they “had formally applied for the permission to the office of the Deputy Commissioner (District Magistrate), Srinagar to hold this event at a local hotel.”

He even wrote that they were informed to collect permission order today by police officials. “However, on reaching there, we were informed that the permission had been denied on the basis of a FAX communication from the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar,” it said.

While condemning the denial of the permission, he wrote that, “banning of this commemoration event, aimed at highlighting the continuing miscarriage of justice in the Kunan Poshpora case, is the latest in a long history of cover-ups, intimidation and silencing.”

Kunan, a distant Kupwara village had 23 of its women raped by soldiers during the intervening night of February 22 and 23, 26 years back. The case was denied and it eventually led to a renewed judicial process. SHRC had ruled for the case re-opening.


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