More than 20 years later, Kunan Poshpora victims await justice
As the world celebrated International Human Rights Day, in Kashmir, the women who were allegedly raped in Kunan Poshpora in 1991 once again came here, hoping to get justice.india Updated: Dec 10, 2013 19:21 IST
As the world celebrated International Human Rights Day, in Kashmir, the women who were allegedly raped in Kunan Poshpora in 1991 once again came here, hoping to get justice.
Holding a sign that read "From Konan Pshpora to Shopian, justice denied, Jawhara, 45, alleged that she was just 22 years old when her modesty was outraged by men in uniform in Kunan Poshpora village.
"I cannot sleep all night. I cannot see my face in the mirror. I don't know why I am alive today. I still cannot escape from the horrors of that night," she said.
She added that women living in Delhi were "different" from those in Kashmir, because there were "two types of justice in the Indian Constitution".
"They (Delhi girls) get justice in just months after their death, but our case is still uncertain and fragile, even after 23 years," she alleged.
"I will wait for justice until my last breath. My modesty was outraged and I am mentally disturbed," said Jawhara.
"We got no help from the state or the Centre. All we got was false promises of justice and compensation," said another victim, who wished not to be named.
Ghulam Mohidin alleged that his mother-in-law, who died in 2010, was one of the unfortunate victims of the Kunan Poshpora alleged mass rape. "She was waiting for justice till her last breath, but nothing happened. The culprits are roaming freely," he said.
There were some whose loved ones were killed or disappeared in police or security force custody during the last thirty years.
"Both my sons, Mohd Iqbal, who was then 18 years old, and Mohd Ashmir, who was 15 years old, were in 1997 killed in cold blood murder by men in uniform," alleged Alaf Deen, adding, "My eyes are waiting for justice. They took my sons on the pretext of work and the next day they killed them, saying they were militants."
The family members and victims of atrocities participated in sit-in programmes in the Municipal Park here, displaying banners with slogans and photographs of the victims.