KSCDS Submits Details Of Violence Against Women in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Hameedah Nayeem, Chairperson Kashmir Centre for Social and Developmental Studies (KCSDS), today submitted details regarding incidents of rape and sexual violence that have taken place over last two decades in J&K state before the Justice Verma Committee in Delhi.

The Committee has been set up by the Govt of India to receive recommendations from prominent women activists and scholars from all over India about the making of a new broad based law that can help in addressing and preventing violence against women in the back drop of recent gangrape in New Delhi.

According to a statement issued here, Hameedah spoke on the state violence and how it has exacerbated the public and domestic violence in the state.

“She portrayed   a whole context in which civilian space has been taken over by  military  which has shrunk the space  for citizens  in the state. In the highly militarized background   citizenry 's life and death is under the control of army and other forces  I n a context where there is no distinction between   war and human rights abuse , the forces are not only not bound by rules of war or more importantly the rule of law but violate both with impunity  Because after 1990 there are whole range of laws  AFSPA , NSA , PSA  DAA  THAT HAVE GIVEN THEM UNBRIDLED POWERS  t ' security forces' against people of the state”, the statement read.

“The intrusion and penetration of  military in the private  civilian space has made women's safety and security  extremely  vulnerable besides dissolving  the distinction between  military and civilian administration  as most of the civilian  functions are now taken over by the army”, the statement quoted Hameedah of depositing before the commission.

“Kashmir is ruled by a unified command with a facade of democratic govt.PEOPLE ARE UNDER THEIR CONTROL. and there are  at least  900 rape and gangrape cases documented  so far where as a large number has gone unnoticed as there has been a deluge of sexual violence . but no prosecution  of the perpetrators has been ordered in the 'interest of national security'”, she said.

“ There is a need to interrogate such delusionary  notions  to be able to deliver justice in Kashmir , more particularly  to the women  of Kashmir  who have been objectified  vulgarized , demeaned  and violated  in every sense”, she added.

“The specific recommendations  put before the committee by the KSCDS include:  complete demilitarization of the entire civilian space,  complete withdrawal of AFSPA  and NSA 3,  end to   securitization of  Kashmir  and taking Kashmir as an extension of Pakistan  because of which  citizens especially women are terrorized  and violated to inflict defeat on the enemy apart from, restraining media from valourizing army  and  distorting Kashmir related stories  and prosecution of all the perpetrators  of  crimes against women and so on”, it added.


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