Kunan and Poshpora: Justice Delayed is Justice Denied
Bilal Bashir Bhat | Only Kashmir | 23 Feb 2016
A shameful act of violence against women in Kashmir was committed by the soldiers of Indian Army in twin villages of Kunan and Poswhpora. During the intervening night of February 23 and 24, 1991, a battalion of the 4th Rajputana Rifles of the Indian Army allegedly entered the village of Kunan-Poshpora in Kupwara district of north of Kashmir late at night for a ‘search’ and ‘interrogation’ operation. The men of the village were rounded up and kept in custody just outside the villages. At least 53 women – aged 13 to 60 years – were gang raped by the soldiers for several hours together. According to the villagers the number is much higher and men in uniform involved in the heinous crime were not brought to justice.
According to the Onlykashmir.in monitoring desk after the incident Police had lodged an FIR under Section 376, 452 and 342 at police station Trehgam against the Army.
In 2011, State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) asked the state government to re-open the case while judicial Magistrate Kupwara ordered re-investigation of the case with an officer not below the rank of SP as the investigating officer.
The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has stayed the investigation into Kunan-Poshpora mass rape case. A single bench of Justice Tashi Rabstan stayed the orders of Judicial Magistrate Kupwara of June 2013 in which the court had asked for re-investigation.
Many of these rape victims have died and the survivors are denied justice after 25 years of their struggle.(OK)