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Kashmir varsity stops event on sexual violence

nation Updated: Jun 01, 2016 07:27 IST

SRINAGAR: Kashmir University authorities on Tuesday disallowed a student event titled ‘Sexual violence: India’s weapon of war in Kashmir’ to commemorate the Asiya-Neelofar alleged rape and murder case of 2009.

The alleged rape and murder of Asiya Jan and her sister-in-law Neelofar on May 29-30 in Shopian had triggered protests and shutdowns in the Valley in 2009.

Chief proctor of the university, Naseer Iqbal, confirmed to HT the incident and said it was the ‘peak academic session’ and the event might have disturbed the academic atmosphere.

However, students said that staff members walked up to the group preparing to start the event and explained that it would not be permitted to take place.

Participating students said that even before they gathered, policemen and proctorial staff were deployed to ‘thwart’ the event.

“But the students, however, managed to speak on the case for 45 minutes irrespective of authorities’ presence,” one of them said.

A student told HT, “The university is behaving like Orwell’s Big B and trying to impose 2+2=5 upon us, which we vehemently refuse to accept. They try to enforce us into an intellectual decadence by halting our thinking.”

First Published: Jun 01, 2016 07:27 IST