Untoo Decries Undue Delay in Probe into Kathua Rape Victim

Jammu, March 12 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, International Forum for Justice Chairman, Muhammad Ahsan has expressed concern over the unjustifiable delay in the investigations into the heinous rape and murder of a minor girl, Aasifa from Kathua district.
According to media sources, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo while expressing solidarity with the Aasifa’s family in Jammu condemned the politicization and communalization of the painful incident. Asifa’s body was found near Hiranagar in Kathua district on January 17, a week after she was abducted. Her body bore torture marks and was raped before murder. Untoo said that news reports had pointed out the reluctance of police to lodge a missing report and begin a hunt to trace the girl. Even after her body was recovered, the necessary process of investigation including collection of evidence and recording of statements was not adequately done, he added. Instead, the family of the victim and those campaigning for justice were harassed and intimidated, he said and added that Aasifa was a daughter of Jammu and Kashmir and no one can justify this inhuman act.He also met Bakerwal leaders and assured them of all help. Meanwhile, investigators have named a retired revenue officer as the mastermind of the rape and murder of the minor girl. However, police is reluctant to arrest him, said a relative of the victim. TalibHussain, also an activist of the nomad goatherd community, told reporters in Jammu that the Crime Branch in its status report submitted to the High Court had said the former revenue officer, Sanji Ram, might have raped and murdered Aasifa. KASHMIR VOICE

Indian Troops Martyr Three Youth in IOK

Srinagar, March 12 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three Kashmiri youth in Islamabad district, today.
According to media sources, the youth including a B-tech student Eesa Fazli and Syed Owais were killed by the Indian troops during a siege and search operation in Hakoora area of south district, police said.
Meanwhile, the authorities imposed curfew and restrictions in Soura area of Srinagar and Islamabad to prevent people from protesting against the killings. Eesa Fazli belonged to Srinagar, while Syed Owais was a resident of Kokernag area of Islamabad district. KASHMIR VOICE

Police Seek Prosecution of 23 Army Men for Lecturer’s Death

Srinagar, March 10 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a probe conducted by the police into the custodial murder of a lecturer, Shabbir Ahmad Mangoo, in August 2016 has held 23 Indian army personnel responsible for his death. According to media sources, Shabbir Ahmad Mangoo, a 30-year-old college lecturer, was beaten to death by Indian Army personnel in Sharshali village of Pulwama district on the night of August 17, 2016. The police have sought a sanction to prosecute the army personnel as required under the draconian law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). “Army personnel had beaten village residents with wooden planks, iron rods and rifle butts. They had barged into Shabbir’s house, dragged him out and beaten him before taking him away. Residents said more than 20 youth from the village were taken away,” the police report about the incident said. KASHMIR VOICE

APDP Activists Protest in Srinagar

Srinagar, March 10 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the members of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) held a demonstration at Pratap Park in Srinagar, today, with everyone having one question: ‘Where are our loved ones?’ According to media sources, the APDP activists held demanded of the puppet administration to reveal the whereabouts of their relatives who have been subjected to custodial disappearance by Indian troops and police during the last twenty eight years. The protesters included six-year-old kid to an eighty-year-old. The protest saw inclusion of a fresh disappeared case from Kupwara’s Lolab – Manzoor Ahmad Khan. According to his two brothers, who were part of today’s protest, Manzoor Khan along with another civilian Nasrullah was taken the army personnel belonging to a camp located in Lolab. They said that Nasrullah was tortured by the army to the extent that his kidneys were damaged while whereabouts of Manzoor Ahmad Khan continue to remain a mystery. KASHMIR VOICE

Aasiya Andrabi Hospitalized in Srinagar

Srinagar, March 09 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), Aasiya Andrabi, was admitted to a hospital after her health deteriorated at her Soura residence in Srinagar. According to media sources, Aasiya Andrabi’s associate, Fehmeeda Sofi, in a statement in Srinagar said that the DeM Chairperson had an Asthma attack on Thursday. “We have admitted her to Safa Marwah Hospital and she is undergoing treatment now,” Fehmeeda said. She said that the health of DeM Chief had deteriorated since she was lodged in the Jammu jail against the doctors’ advice. “The health of Aasiya Andrabi got a hit when she was kept in Jammu jail and authorities had denied the treatment for her there. Thursday’s attack and the deteriorated health condition is a result of that confinement,” she added. Fehmeeda Sofi further appealed to the Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir to hold special prayers for the speedy recovery of Aasiya Andrabi. “As Muslims, it is our duty to pray for the better health of our fellow Muslims. The people of Jammu and Kashmir must hold special prayers for Aasiya Andrabi so that Allah Almighty cures her ailments,” she added. KASHMIR VOICE

Violence, Harassment against Women on the Rise in IOK: Mirwaiz

Srinagar, March 09 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that violence, workplace harassment and other forms of oppression against women are rampant in the territory. According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar deplored that the most despicable crime against women, rape continued and even minor girls are not spared by the Indian forces’ personnel. He said as far as the Kashmiri women were concerned, the resilience and grit that they had shown and the way they were battling all odds and yet moving forward was salutary and commendable. KASHMIR VOICE