SRINAGAR, (SANA): The outrage over Delhi gang rape has exposed duplicity of Indian politicians, media and civil society, which prompted the Kashmiri youth to denounce their criminal silence over such incidents in occupied Kashmir, including the 1991 notorious Kunan Poshpora mass rape incident in Kupwara.
“The Kunan Poshpora mass rape case has been buried like thousands of other cases of rights abuse by men in uniform in Kashmir. There are many more such incidents of rape and molestation, but everybody maintained criminal silence over the issue,” a post by a Kashmiri student on Facebook reads.
The Facebook users expressed surprise that while the entire India is demanding execution of Delhi rapists, “the troopers involved in Kunan Poshpora incident are protected by the system”.
“If Delhi had been Kashmir and rapists had been in uniform, what would Indian media and people say about the (draconian) Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which grants impunity to Indian army and paramilitary men even for committing rapes and cold blooded murders,” reads a post of S. Khan. “Raping without license (AFSPA) is a heinous crime,” it adds.
Another post questioned the double standards of Government of India over rapes committed in Kashmir and elsewhere.
“Hue and cry throughout India over gang rape of a Delhi girl, rightly so….what about rape victims of Kashmir. Are Kashmiri women less important or morale of forces more important? Why these double standards,” the post reads. “Yes, a rape is a rape, be it in Kashmir or elsewhere,” it adds. Micro-blogging site Twitter has been abuzz with similar reactions.
Mocking at the media’s double standards on the rape issue, Ibne Battuta writes, “All channels talking about rape, but none talking about rapes by armed forces, Shameless nationalism at work, convenient outrage.”
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