MLA grills India’s callous attitude towards hr abuses in IHK
Srinagar, December 21, 2012 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, member of so-called legislative Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed, has criticized India’s silence over blatant human rights abuses including mass rape by its troops in the territory.
The MLA in a statement in Srinagar referring to the gang rape of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi said, “Who other than the Kashmiris can better understand the pain and the grief as a result of such barbaric incidents as we have seen several such incidents during the past 20 years, including that of Kunan-Poshpora mass rape and Tabinda Gani rape and murder case.”
He said that Indian politicians, print and electronic media, intellectuals, students and human rights activists had protested against the Delhi incident, but they “keep mum if similar incidents take place in Kashmir”.
There can be nothing shameful than the fact that New Delhi was adopting double standards regarding the horrific acts against women in Kashmir, he deplored. “And this biased attitude by Indian government, media, politicians and civil society deserves full condemnation,” the MLA said.
“History bears witness that incidents like Kunan-Poshpora were ignored in the name of so called national interest or denied as propaganda by anti-national elements,” Rashid said. “I want to ask Sonia Gandhi, Sushma Sawraj, Ambika Soni and Jaya Bachan that if just one incident has shaken the whole India why isn’t the same pain felt for the Kashmiris who are witness to such dozens of incidents during past two decades,” the statement added.
He appealed to pro-India political parties and leaders to learn lessons from the recent Delhi incident and rise to the occasion and ensure that culprits involved in Kunan-Poshpora and Tabinda Gani cases are hanged as soon as possible.
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