Authorities Ban Event On Kunan Poshpora Mass Rape Incident

SRINAGAR: The J&K Government authorities on Wednesday disallowed an event to commemorate the 26th anniversary of Kunan-Poshpora mass rape.

A support group: “We demand Justice for Kunan Poshpora Survivors” had earlier applied for permission in the office of Deputy Commissioner (District Magistrate Srinagar to hold this event at a local hotel here but were not allowed by the authorities citing “law and order problem”.

The program coordinator, Ifrah Butt, while speaking to the Kashmir Observer said, “we applied for permission to hold the event in a hotel on February 12 ten days later we informed by police officials to collect the permission order from office of the DC Srinagar.”

However, she added, “when one of our colleagues went to Deputy Commissioner’s office to collect permission letter he was informed that the permission had been denied on the basis that it might create law and order problem.”

A FAX communication from the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar to DC Srinagar about the event read: “that there is an apprehension of law and order problem when the issue of Kunan Poshpora is raised during the event.”

However, Ifra asserted, “it was expected from the state.”

“From the past 24 years, there is no investigation about the mass rape (in Kunan-Poshpora), and they don’t want anybody to raise the issue,” the activist said.

In the scheduled event, the survivors from the infamous Kunan-Poshpora mass rape incident and members of the “Support Group” for the struggle were to apprise the participants about the legal proceedings of the case in the Supreme Court, she said.

On the night of February 23, 1991, personnel of the 4 Rajputana Rifles of the Indian Army cordoned off two villages Kunan and Poshpora in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district during an anti-insurgency operation and allegedly gang raped at least 23 women – with some estimates placing it at around 40.

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