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International Day for elimination of sexual violence in conflict, and deplorable situation of Muslims women in IOK


In view of 19 June – international Day for elimination of sexual violence in conflict, deplorable situation of Muslim women being targeted by Indian military and para- military forces in IOK must be highlighted to draw attention of International Community. The State of Jammu and Kashmir is one of those states where people are being humiliated, discriminated, tortured and raped by the Indian paramilitary and the Indian armed forces. The women in Kashmir are suffering a lot due to the forceful occupation by India. They are targeting and supervising the sexual harassment with the advent of heavy Indian militarization in the State of Jammu and Kashmir, as a punishment for their continuous struggle for self-determination. Molestation, rape, and other forms of sexual humiliation and torture have been widely practiced by the Indian security forces on women as they assert their authority on the Kashmiri people. The Indian government’s newly enforced law prevents security personnel from being prosecuted. So at the end, not a single army man, police or paramilitary person has been charged or punished for the sexual abuses of women. In the occupied Kashmir, human rights abuses are a commonoccurrence of daily life. Therefore, no one should be surprised that the suppressed rage of those (Kashmiris) who have been subjected to brutal occupation for nearly 70 years will occasionally boil over. Kashmiris have no rights and their right to self-determination has been repeatedly blocked by India. New Delhi has always claimed that there is hardly any indigenous movement for freedom in Kashmir but the militants sent from The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, has said that suppressive tactics adopted by the Indian forces cannot defeat the valour and the passion of Kashmiris to take the ongoing movement to its logical conclusion.6 He said, if pro-Indian politicians and their masters in Delhi think that these kinds of oppressive tactics will intimidate the Kashmiris into submission, they are living in a fool’s paradise. “Oppression, suppression, tyranny and intimidations can establish a piece of graveyard temporarily but these can never defeat the valour, the passion and the will of the Kashmiri people who have decided to challenge illegal occupation and are demanding their birth right to decide about their future by themselves.

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