Srinagar, May 04, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, experts say stressful conditions created by the presence of Indian forces’ personnel and the excesses they commit and the substandard food material poured in from India are main contributing factors behind growing infertility in the territory.
Referring to the research conducted by experts over the subject, Muslim Deeni Mahaz, led by illegally detained Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, in a statement issued in Srinagar termed the phenomenon as silent genocide of the Kashmiri people.
The party said that if the pro-freedom leadership, religious organisations, and research scholars did not focus on the issue, the syndrome would one day undermine the Muslim majority character of the territory. “The mass murder of the Muslims at the hands of the Indian army in Jammu and Kashmir is belittled by another silent genocide that is being carried out here,” the party warned.
In Jammu and Kashmir, the party said, only two couples out of every 10 are able to conceive naturally while the remaining three have to seek medical assistance. The other five are not able to conceive at all, it said.
“According to experts, the main reason for the problem is high prevalence of polycystic ovarian syndrome (a problem in which a woman’s hormones are out of balance) in girls and the decrease in sperm count and motility in men. Experts give two reasons for these problems: Stressful conditions created by the presence of Indian forces and the excesses they commit; the substandard food material and junk food poured in from India,” it added.
“We have repeatedly said that the Indian rulers and military establishment are using concrete and abstract methods for it,” the statement added. Meanwhile, Dr Sheikh Showkat Hussain, the Head and Dean of the Department of Law, School of Legal Studies, Kashmir University, in his essay on deprivation of women and girls in Kashmir writes, “Conflict in Kashmir is the root cause of the problem. It has made the life, property, dignity and chastity of Kashmiri women insecure.”
Associate Editor, Torture magazine, Lauren Glenmere focusing on legal systems in the region argues, “Proper investigation and prosecution goes from unlikely to almost impossible when members of the elite or the police force itself stand accused.
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