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Probe into Shopian tragedy demanded

Srinagar, May 29, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, pro-freedom leaders and organizations have paid glowing tributes to martyred Aasiya and Neelofar on the eve of their 7th anniversary. Aasiya and Neelofar were abducted by men in uniform on May 29 in 2009 and raped in custody. Their bodies were recovered from a shallow stream in the town on the next morning. Hurriyet leader and the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL) Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza in a statement in Srinagar, paying tributes to Asia and Neelofar, that the then puppet regime of the territory had shielded the culprits in the double murder and rape case.

He deplored that for the last over seven decades India had been using rape an instrument to crush the freedom sentiment of the Kashmiri people. The General Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL), Mohammad Ramzan Khan in his statement in Srinagar deplored that despite the passage of seven years the men in uniform involved in the heinous crime were roaming freely. He said that India had given a free hand to its troops in the territory to kill and torture the innocent people of Kashmir.

Jammu and Kashmir Young Men’s League chairman Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi in his statement demanded a through probe into the incident and prosecution of armed forces involved in perpetrating genocide against women in Kashmir particularly Shopian tragedy. The Voice of Victims, a local human rights forum has paid glowing tributes to Aasiya and Neelofar on their martyrdom anniversary.

The Executive Director of Voice of Victims, Abdul Qadeer Dar in his statement in Srinagar said that Indian government had deliberately slowed down the pace of judiciary proceedings to shield the culprits involved in the double rape and murder of Aasiya and Neelofar. He also expressed serious concern over growing human rights violations and said the black laws including Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is shielding Indian forces involved in the rights violations.

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