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Petition Seeks Justice for Kunan Poshpora Rape SurvivorsTim King Salem-News.,com
Still no justice for a terrible night of gang rape 22 years ago in an otherwise quiet Indian village.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - A petition drive on causes.com titled, PETITION: Justice for Kunan Poshpora RAPE SURVIVORS started by Shafqat Nazir, is gaining hundreds of signatures in the wake of a recent gang rape in India that continues to dominate world headlines.
The recent event brings to mind the terrible night of gang rape endured by dozens of women and girls 22 years ago in an otherwise quiet village called Kunan Poshpora. It is a dark event that survivors remember as the storm.
Indian human rights activists and survivors of the terrible military systematic gang rape campaign carried out that fateful night in a small Kashmiri village, are demanding that their voices be heard and that justice finally have its day. Survivor reports indicate that on 23 February 1991 at approximately 11:00 p.m., soldiers from the 4th Rajputana Rifles arrived at the village of Kunan Poshpora to conduct a search operation.
According to several dozen eyewitness accounts, the soldiers gang raped a large number of village women overnight till 9:00 the next morning. Locals in the village said that up to 100 girls and women ranging in age from 13 to 80, "were gang-raped without any consideration of their age, married, unmarried, pregnancy etc."
The Indian government seemingly did everything possible to avoid conducting any kind of real investigation of the ordeal suffered by so many. This is not surprising in the brutal state of Kashmir, as Voices of Future Correspondent, Nusrat Ara, wrote in 2009:
When you click the petition link below to sign the petition it will open a new window, the story continues below.
Following the district magistrate's report, increased
Publicity about the incident was boosted by a district magistrate's report. Indian officials continued to deny that the gang rapes had taken place. On 17 March, Mufti Baha-ud-Din Farooqi, Chief Justice of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir, led a fact-finding mission to Kunan Poshpora.
Over the course of his investigation, the Chief Justice interviewed 53 of the victims, and tried to determine why a police investigation into the incident had not taken place. Farooqi later stated that in his 43 years on the bench he "had never seen a case in which normal investigative procedures were ignored as they were in this one."
Finally, responding to repeated reports corroborating the statements of the victims, and criticism of the government's handling of the investigation, the army requested the 'Press Council of India' to investigate the incident.
However this was the point from where things became much worse.
According to Wikipedia:
It is not hard to understand why so many people remain bitter and in need of justice. You can make a difference by spending about one minute signing the online petition drive launched by Shafqat Nazir, to raise awareness and force change. I do this without hesitation and suggest this as a bare minimal level of involvement.
Nusrat Ara wrote this about embattled Kashmir:
As increasing world attention is devoted to this agonizing problem of indifference toward sexual violence and totalitarian control of a populace, more pressure will build against officials who have the ability to bring change, and the faster relief will come.
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