administrated Kashmir. A 25 year old married woman alleged that she was abducted and raped
by two Indian army personnel.
This new incident created tension in the revolt hit region. Several Kashmiri groups fighting
for independence called strike demanding independent and impartial probe by human rights
groups. Yesterdays strike paralyzed Kashmir valley; shops, business establishments and
educational institutions in the Valley remained closed. Attendance in government offices was
thin due to non-availability of public transport.
Earlier police released a CD containing the medical report of the victim and her statement
which was criticized by various human rights organizations, because it’s unethical to
disclose a rape victim’s identity publicly.
In India security forces enjoy a controversial special indemnity, that they can’t be
prosecuted or questioned on any human right violation case. A Kashmiri Independence movement
leader said, Indian army is using rape as weapon of war.
Kashmir dispute triggered war between Indian and Pakistan three times, now many Kashmiris
regard independence as the solution of their problem. India-Pakistan border is one of the
highly militarized borders in the world.