Deadly Clashes and Simmering Hostility across Kashmir Valley

At least 20 soldiers, civilians and insurgents were killed and 200 wounded this week in clashes between Indian troops and Kashmiris who had taken to to the streets to protest Indian rule. Stones were hurled at the soldiers, who responded with live rounds and iron pellets. The big picture: This was the deadliest outbreak of fighting the region has seen this year, but Kashmiris have lived in the heart of the India–Pakistan conflict since the two countries — with Kashmir caught in the middle — split in 1947. Now, they’ve…

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Only in Kashmir protestors are being showered pellets, bullets and lathis: Aasiya Andrabi

Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chairperson Syeda Aasiya Andrabi on Wednesday sternly condemned, what she said, the use of indiscriminate force against the peacefully protesting students across Valley. “While protests over the brutal Kathua rape and murder are held across the world, it is only in Kashmir that protestors are being showered pellets, bullets and lathis,” Aasiya Andrabi. “It is an irony that we are not allowed to mourn and protest against the brutal rape and murder of our own child. World is protesting but when we come out to protest, bullets and…

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Something wrong with our society: Mehbooba Mufti

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday lamented that something was wrong with a society where men indulge in rape and murder of a child who is a manifestation of the Mother Goddess. Referring to the shocking abduction, gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in January, the Chief Minister said: “How can someone do such a cruel thing to a small girl who is a manifestation of Mata Vaishno Devi? There is something wrong with the society.” Along with President Ram Nath Kovind, Mehbooba…

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Justice Delayed, Justice Denied: Another horror story of rape and intimidation

For almost three months, a minor girl was drugged, raped and forced to be part of a sex racket. She has alleged that a Jammu cop and PDP MLA were party to the crime. The police is yet to file a chargesheet in the case. It took three months for the nation’s conscience to wake up to the grisly rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Kathua, Jammu. Around the same time as when the Bakerwal girl’s body was recovered in January, another minor girl from Kulgam, Kashmir, came out…

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How Kashmir’s women view the youth taking to guns

In times of war, they say, truth becomes the first casualty. To say that women become the second-biggest casualty in a conflict zone like Kashmir will be an understatement. Catch looks at the many ways in which the conflict is impacting the lives of women in the restive Valley since 1989 on a daily basis. More often than not, the narrative of victimhood remains the main contention in restive regions. The sufferings of women cannot be underestimated by any stretch of the imagination. In Kashmir, though, many women have also stood up…

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Govt evicts 25 ex-MPs, MLAs, others from ‘illegally’ occupied quarters

The State government has evicted 25 former legislators and parliamentarians from the official quarters “illegally” occupied by them, while the eviction notices have been sent to 32 other political persons mostly former MLAs and ministers. The official documents accessed by the Kashmir Post reveal that the “eviction was not restrictive in nature but was initiated against all those occupants who have ceased to be entitled to retain the same”. The J&K Estates department has started the eviction process of vacating official quarters “illegally” occupied by the former ministers, legislators, Members…

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Expedite sanction for prosecution of accused CRPF personnel in Khanyar Massacre: SHRC to Govt

The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has asked the government to expedite sanction for prosecution of the accused CRPF personnel for opening fire on a procession in Khanyar area in Downtown on 8 May 1991, killing 28 people. The accused CRPF personnel had opened fire on a procession at Khanyar carrying bodies of civilians killed in Dachigam and SaidaKadal, killing 28 civilians and injuring 52 people. Despite passing of 27 years, police is yet to translate the case file into English, causing delay in according sanction for prosecution of the…

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Hope Beats Hate:Kathua rape-murder case petition biggest-ever Indian petition on Change.org

A Change.org petition started by a group of women from Jammu and Kashmir on the Kathua rape case has mobilised the support of over 15 lakh Indian citizens and has become the biggest ever Change.org petition in India. The petition started by a collective called Women’s Initiative for Justice for Kathua is addressed to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and asks for fair and fast tracked investigations by the Crime Branch to ensure justice for the victim. The petition, which has been widely tweeted by film and television celebrities like Hansal…

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Kashmir’s indifference bigger threat to Gujjar Bakarwals than Jammu’s Xenophobia

Masud Choudhary, founding VC of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, describes the irony of how Bakarwals, whose people have repeatedly made great sacrifices for India, are now conveniently being branded as ‘anti-nationals’. In January, when local police began investigations into the abduction, torture, gang-rape and murder of eight-year-old girl in Kathua, it found her to be a victim of another brutality. In the earlier days of investigation some police officers, who did not want to be named, said they were also probing the angle of hate crime. Subsequent protests in…

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Amid rising demand for alcohol ban in J&K, sales grow 13%

Raising alarm bells in Kashmir society, liquor sales in J&K have increased by 13 percent in last five years to 5.65 crore bottles in 2016-17. While the people in general are dismayed over the rising consumption of alcohol, as it is ‘causing social distraught’, civil society members, social activists and business community has called for immediate ban on the sales of alcohol in the state like Gujarat, Bihar and Lakshadweep. Pro-alcohol ban groups in the state, particularly in Kashmir, argue that it will ruin the social fabric of the Muslim…

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