Kunan Poshpora mass rape most reprehensible war crime: Mirwaiz ‘Rape and murder of minor in Kathua most abhorrent act against humanity’

Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said KunanPoshpora mass rape by forces is most reprehensible war crime and termed the rape and murder of minor girl in Kathua as another “Kunan-Poshpora”.
While addressing Friday congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid, here, Mirwaiz termed the Kunan-Poshpora mass rape incident as the most reprehensible war crime committed by Indian forces against women.
He said the mass rape was used as a tool by the Indian forces against the women to subjugate their voice and punish and intimidate people for demanding their right to self determination.
Mirwaiz said in dead of night, the army men entered the two villages, forced the men out of their homes and committed the most heinous crime. “As usual no justice was ever done and the perpetrators went scot free”.
He said the beastly assault against the women destroyed their lives both physically and psychologically forever.
“This incident is etched in our hearts as one of the most painful memory of subjugation that we are undergoing for the last three decades in particular,” Hurriyat (M) chairman said.
He said these women are the brave hearts of Kashmir and people of Kashmir would always remember and honour their great sacrifice.
Mirwaiz said such incidents continue to happen even today.
“And now we are again shocked at the rape and murder of 8-year-old girl Asifa in Kathua. Such incidents continue to happen to terrorise our communities,” he said.
Mirwaiz said the evil act of raping a child is the most abhorrent act against all humanity. “The two SPOs drugged, raped and killed the 8-year-old girl”.
He said cutting across political and religious lines, all should have condemned it in one voice and asked for severe punishment to the accused like in the case of Delhi rape victim Nirbhaya.
Hurriyat (M) chairman appealed people of Jammu to stand with humanity and justice.
“The culprits should be punished as per law and justice should be delivered. And the Gujjar community should be provided protection against harm by such opportunists,” he said.
Mirwaiz said silence of Indian civil society, writers, activists, humanist, leftist and all those, who claim to be defenders of human rights, is very sad and painful.
“No one has spoken or uttered a word about this shocking incident. It seems when it comes to the people of Kashmir all decide to deliberately turn a blind eye,” he said.