Sameer Showkin LoneSrinagar:
Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday called for reopening of all rape cases in Kashmir which have been committed by government forces after the militancy started in 1990.
Addressing a congregation at Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz said that “War was used as a means to repress, incite fear and intimidate people into submission of the perpetrators nefarious agenda. We demand reopening of all cases as soon as possible.”
The demand came after outrage across India and globally over the Kathua rape and murder and he sought that a similar campaign needs to be started to demand justice in all the rape cases committed by government forces since 1990. He was allowed to offer congregational Friday prayers at historic Jamia Masjid after two consecutive Fridays during which the Masjid remained locked.
He demanded that “all the rape cases committed by the government forces in Kashmir since the beginning of militancy should be reopened.”
“There is a global outrage and demand for Justice For Asifa campaign has gained momentum. Kashmiris equally demand justice for the hundreds of rape victims which includes Kunanposhpora, Chak Saidpora, Pazipora, Shopian, Badasgaam, Balipora . These rapes were abhorrent.”
Meanwhile, religious clerics of different mosques like Samandar Bagh, Abi Guzar, Sarai Bala spoke about the prevailing situation and hailed the role of media for highlighting the Kathua rape and murder incident. At Sarai-Bala, the mosque cleric said that due to the reporting by international media and Indian celebrities the incident of Kathua “which is a heinous crime”, invited global attention forcing the “rulers to investigate the matter.”
“After international media and celebrities spoke about the heinous crime, the deaf people at the helm of affairs woke up,” said the cleric.
The clerics also appealed that the students should resume their education and focus on their academics.