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IHK HCBA demands punishment to troops involved in rapes

Srinagar, December 30, 2012 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has demanded that the Indian troops involved in the rapes and molestation of Kashmiri women should be brought to justice.

The HCBA General Secretary, Mohammad Ashraf Butt, in a statement issued in Srinagar expressed solidarity with the family of the Delhi rape victim. “The people of Jammu and Kashmir feel pain of the family of Delhi gang rape victim. hey expect the troops involved in sexual violence against women in Jammu and Kashmir are in same way arrested, prosecuted and punished under law as the offenders in Delhi gang rape case have been arrested with promptness,” he said.

Meanwhile, normal work in courts was affected on Saturday as the lawyers observed strike in protest against the firing of Indian troops on civilians in Pulwama. A meeting of the Bar Association was later called in which the Bar strongly condemned the Friday firing incident in Pulwama that had resulted in the injuring of 15 people. “It was resolved in the meeting that the Bar Association will abstain from appearing in the courts on Monday in order to show solidarity with the family members of the injured persons,” said Mohammad Ashraf Butt.

He also appreciated the former Chief Information Commissioner of India, Wajahat Habibullah’s statement in which he admitted that the Indian troops and police personnel had committed mass rapes and human rights violations in occupied Kashmir and no action had been taken against them despite the filing of the FIRs.

“He has vindicated the stand of the Bar Association. The Bar Association has filed various writ petitions before the High Court in this regard and enquiries have been conducted by the District and Sessions Judges wherein so many officers of Indian Army and police have been found guilty, but no sanction for prosecution has been granted by the Government of India against them till date,” Ashraf Butt added.

On the other hand, Shakeel Ahanger, whose wife Neelofer and sister Asiya, were raped and murdered by men in uniform on May 30, 2009, in Shopian has expressed shock over the death of Delhi rape victim. In a media interview, he deplored that India never provided justice to the rape victims. “I have met some top lawyers of the country who admitted that India does not have strict anti-rape laws and that the justice seeking system for a rape victim or her family is turning obsolete,” he added.

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