Kashmir: Human Rights Defender booked under Rape Charges

She felt a need for some financial assistance and it was then that someone put her across to Ahsan Untoo who promised her financial help from his organization and elsewhere.

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Srinagar, Jan 16 (Only Kashmir): In an astonishing development, a complaint was filed before Police against Kashmir’s prominent Human Rights Defender and Chairman International Forum for Justice and Human Rights, Mr. Ahsan Untoo for allegedly attempting to rape a widow of a militant.
Reports reaching Onlykashmir[dot]in, Police Station Rajbagh has lodged an FIR no. 10/2019 under sections 376 and 511 of RPC against Human Rights Defender Ahsan Untoo for allegedly attempting to rape a widow of a militant commander who was killed in 1993 in a gunfight with the forces in which seven other militants lost their lives as well. The complainant (name withheld), hailing from North Kashmir’s Bandipora district was left with four small children and no source of income.



In 2016, when the lady (name withheld) planned to marry off her eldest daughter. She felt a need for some financial assistance and it was then that someone put her across to Ahsan Untoo who promised her financial help from his organization and elsewhere. He took her to Yateem Trust Bemina where the management handed over a cheque of Rs. 20000/- to Untoo in her name.
Untoo asked her to accompany him to his office but instead took her to his rented house at Rajbagh, wherein he tried to rape here. “Allah gave me the courage and I pushed him aside and ran out of the house. In the middle of the chaos, I couldn’t even collect the cheque that Yateem Trust,” the lady stated in the complaint.
Untoo, pertinently, hails from Lolab valley of the frontier district Kupwara and is these days very active to file petitions at State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) against any civilian killings in Kashmir. Reports said that he has a unit of his forum International Forum for Justice and Human Rights in Pakistan administered Kashmir, where they organize rallies against the alleged Human Rights in Kashmir.
Pertinent to mention here, the story of the lady was first brought in public domain by “Kashmir Women’s Collective,” a local group comprising of women activists working for women empowerment. (OK)
With inputs: Kashmir Media Watch