Srinagar, February 25 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, MBBS students from Jhelum Valley College took out a march at Bemina in Srinagar demanding justice for minor girl who was raped and murdered in Kathua district of Jammu region.
According to media sources, hundreds of students marched through lanes and by-lanes of JVC College demanding capital punishment for the culprits involved in the heinous crime. They were carrying placards and banners seeking justice for the victim girl. A large number of female students also participated in the march. “It is a heinous crime and the accused should be given capital punishment,” they said and demanded a stern action against those who organized a pro-rape rally shielding the criminals.“We are hopeful that Crime Branch will take this case to conclusion without succumbing to pressure from anyone,” they said. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, February 25 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a local court in Srinagar granted interim bail to the police constable involved in the killing of teenager, Wamiq Farooq.
According to media sources, Wamiq, a class 7th student, was killed after a teargas shell fired by Indian police hit his head on 31 January 2010 near Ghani Memorial Stadium in Srinagar. Constable Muhammad Akram Dar in his bail application pleaded that he was the only source of income of his family. In its order, the Principal Sessions Court Judge Muhammad Akram Chowdhary granted him interim bail. He has been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder. “The application for grant of bail is granted and the petitioner (culprit) is admitted to interim bail till next date of hearing, on furnishing two sureties in the amount of Rs 1 lakh each with a personal bond of the like amount,” the court said. However, the court granted bail to the constable on the condition that he shall not directly or indirectly make any inducement, threat or promise to any person or persons acquainted with the facts of the case. It also directed him not to leave the territorial limits of Kashmir without prior permission of the court. KASHMIR VOICE
Jammu, February 25 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM) in collaboration with members of civil society held a peaceful sit-in at Press Club in Jammu seeking peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
According to media sources, the protestors also demanded exemplary punishment for criminals involved in the rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa of Hira Nagar, Kathua. The protestors were carrying placards with the slogans of ‘stop violence start tripartite dialogue, Resolve Kashmir for the peace and stability of South Asia, ‘No peace without Kashmir resolution.’ Speaking on the occasion, APHC leader and JKPM Chairman Mir Shahid Saleem said people of the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir and whole South Asia were paying a very heavy price for the rigid and irrational stand adopted by India towards the Kashmir dispute. Condemning the authorities for shielding the culprits of rape of and murder of Asifa, he said it looks as the Hindu communal forces have taken over the control of the Jammu region. JKPM chairman said that the Muslim minorities in the Jammu region are living in the environment of fear and intimidation. Noted human rights activist and President of JK Forum for Peace and Territorial Integrity Mr. I D Khajuria also criticised BJP led Indian government for creating a war like situation in Jammu and Kashmir. He also rejected the Indian rhetoric of describing Jammu and Kashmir as its integral part and said said Kashmir was internationally-recognized dispute. KASHMIR VOICE
Mirpur, February 25 (Kashmir Voice): Students of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Mirpur University took out a rally in the city to condemn the Kunan-Poshpora mass rape perpetrated by Indian forces on the intervening night of 23rd and 24th February in 1991 in Kupwara district.
According to media sources, the rally was organized by International Forum for Justice and Human Rights in collaboration with Azad Jammu and Kashmir Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST). Hundreds of male and female students including professors took part in the rally. They raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. The participants of the protest march carrying banners and placards expressing solidarity with the victims of mass rape. The protesters said that India was using rape as a war tool against the Kashmiri people. Among others who addressed the rally included MUST Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Habibur Rehman, rights activist Mushtaq-us-Salam and Muhammad Aslam Malik. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, February 25 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engeer Abdur Rasheed has said that Kashmir dispute is the root cause of tension between India and Pakistan.
According to media sources, Er Rasheed talking to media persons in Uri asked the authorities to give alternative land to border migrants and to all those who are under constant threat of cross LoC shelling in the entire territory. He said the authorities must take other immediate and concrete steps to rehabilitate the border victims of Uri, who have been forced to migrate from their native places due to shelling and escalation at the borders. Rasheed said, “While saner voices on both the sides often claim that war is not a solution but no one in India dares to tell Narendra Modi and others to settle the lingering dispute according to the aspirations of Kashmiri people. KASHMIR VOICE