KL NEWS NETWORK
On the 25th anniversary of Kunan mass rape incident, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (m) Tuesday urged the international human rights bodies and world community to raise their voice against the gruesome incident, which remains the blackest chapter in the contemporary history of Kashmir.
Appealing the rights bodies and the civilized nations, who believe in justice and humanity, to use their influence in order to bring the culprits of this gory incident to justice, the APHC-m said, “25 years have passed but the personnel of Indian Army involved in the mass rape and outraging of modesty of about a hundred women at Kunan and Poshpora parishes of district Kupwara have not been booked for this ghastly crime.”
Stressing that while justice continues to elude the victims of this incident, the conglomerate said, “those talking loud of justice and democratic values of India willfully provided protection to the Army personnel involved in this gruesome incident and muzzled all principles of justice and humanity by taking no action against the rapists.”
On the occasion of the anniversary of the mass rape incident of Kunan i.e. 23 February which already has been declared as ‘Youm-e-Tahafuz Khawateen Kashmir’ (Day for Protection of Kashmiri Women) by the APHC-m, various programmes were organised appealing the international community to raise their voice for the protection of Kashmiri women from the “atrocities committed on them by the government forces”.
In this connection, senior APHC-m leaders and activists including women in large number participated in a peaceful protest demonstration at Srinagar’s Press Colony demanding justice to the Kunan mass rape victims and called for punishing the culprit army personnel involved in this inhuman act.
The amalgam also organised a solidarity meet for the Kunan mass rape victims at APHC-m headquarters Rajbagh where senior Hurriyat leaders expressed solidarity with Kunan victims and their families and also appealed the international rights bodies to fulfill their responsibility by helping the women waiting for justice for the past 25 years.
The Hurriyat leaders said, “on the one hand, Indian civil society, politicians and human rights activists strongly protested against the Damni rape and murder case in Delhi whereas on the other hand their criminal and continuous silence over Kunan rape case amply exposes their double standards.” “Similarly, the slogans of justice and fair play raised by those who claim to be the protectors of democracy also proved hollow.”