MeToo Pakistan Rape Thirty years of Kunan and Poshpora mass-rape incident

Thirty years of Kunan and Poshpora mass-rape incident



It’s more than 30 years to go since the night of 23rd February 1991. When Indian troops carried out a fake insurgency in Occupied Kashmir. That operation, according to Indian media, was the response to the Militants’ attack on the Indian army unit. It was alleged that Indian troops have raped 23-100 women in twin villages of Kunan and Poshpora in the Kupwara district of Indian Occupied Kashmir. An international organization “Human Right Watch” suggested that the number could be more than 100.
The villagers approached the local magistrate S.M. Yasin and registered an FIR at Trehgam police station mentioning the 23 women who were gang-raped that night. But no further investigation was carried out.
Indian army denied the allegation and government called the incident “terrorist propaganda” and threatened the victims instead of investigating the matter.
In a report on international human rights, the United States Department of State quoted that there was evidence supporting the villagers’ claim of the mass-rape massacre in Kashmir but the occupied government as usual silenced the Kashmiri residents.

 

Rape, a weapon of war in Kashmir

This is not the only incident. Kashmir’s history is full of gang-rapes, genocides, massacres, extrajudicial killing, and detentions including 2009 Shopian rape and murder, Jamir Qameem rape, Chhanpora minors’ rape and molestation 1990, Pazipora-Ballipora mass-rape, Chak Saidapora mass-rape, Kangan rape incident, Handwara incident, and many more. According to a study, more than 1.2 Million girls (aged 13 to 60) have been gang-raped by Indian forces and many of them were murdered after the rape.


Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA):

An Indian military act, AFSPA, provides special powers to their armed personnel and protects them from any inquiry. This act allows the armed force to arrest, attack, and kills anyone without any warning and legal warrants. Under this act, the Indian army has legal immunity for its actions. They are not answerable to anyone (inquiry, the judicial system, or Supreme Court) for their actions whether it is extrajudicial murder, rape, or detention.
United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) on 31 March 2012 called this an inhumane act and ordered to revoke it as soon as possible. But that act is still there in Kashmir.

This post/article was sent by Zulkaif Riaz through the Write-for-us section. The writer can be reached at @zulkaif_riaz.

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