Month: May 2018
The US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report 2017 has criticized the Indian authorities for not registering cases against attacks by Hindu “cow vigilantes” on Muslims in India and occupied Kashmir.
According to media sources, the report released on Tuesday said that a group of “cow vigilantes” attacked a Muslim family in Reasi area of occupied Kashmir on April 25, leaving at least seven persons injured. “The family members were transporting a herd of cattle when the individuals attacked them,” the report said. It deplored that the police charged the Muslim family with transporting cattle without permission.
The report made a mention of an attack by a Hindu mob on a Muslim journalist in New Delhi. It said, “On June 7, during Ramadan, a mob demolished a mosque under construction in New Delhi. Two days later a mob assaulted and handed over to police Basit Malik, a Kashmiri Muslim freelance journalist who had gone to the neighborhood to investigate the demolition. …. Malik reportedly declined to file a police complaint,” the report added.
The US report also discussed frequent restrictions imposed by the Indian authorities in occupied Kashmir. “On September 8, the Jammu and Kashmir State government imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar limiting protests against Burmese treatment of its Muslim Rohingya population. The restrictions included a ban on Friday Islamic prayers. The Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU), a Kashmiri council of Muslim leaders and scholars, had called for protests following Friday prayers to express solidarity with Rohingyas, and authorities placed under house arrest MMU leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
The report quoted an MMU spokesperson as having stated that the authorities continue to follow the policy of oppression and disallow Friday prayers which is a direct interference in religious affairs.
Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, has impressed upon the United Nations and all international and local human rights organizations to take serious notice of the worst human rights violations perpetrated by the Indian troops in the territory.
According to media sources, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza while addressing mourners at the residence of a martyred youth, Bilal Ahmed Ganai, in Lajora area of Pulwama demanded of the international community to take necessary measures to save the Kashmiri people from the Indian brutalities. He said that the people of Kashmir would never forget the sacrifices of the Kashmiri people. Bilal Ahmed Ganai was recently killed in the firing by the Indian troops in Kakapora area of the district.
Mukhtar Waza said, “Unless the draconian laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) are not abolished, the killing of Kashmiris will continue and we will keep losing our young and old, men and women.”
In occupied Kashmir, people staged forceful demonstrations in Drabgam area of Pulwama district, today, against the desecration and vandalization of the grave of a martyred youth, Sameer Ahmed Butt alias Sameer Tiger, by the Indian troops.
According to media sources, locals said that after coming out of mosque following the early morning prayers they found that the headstone of Sameer Tiger’s grave was missing. They said that the Indian forces’ personnel vandalized the grave of Sameer at the Martyrs’ Graveyard in the area. They said that the stone had been taken away by the Indian Army, last night.
“The banners covering the grave were also torn to shreds,” said a local.
Scores of the locals gathered at main chowk in Drabgam protesting against the missing gravestone. Later, scores of locals reached Pulwama and staged a sit-in protest outside the DC Office demanding immediate recovery and erection of the gravestone.
Meanwhile, a spontaneous shutdown was observed in Drabgam and Rajpora areas of Pulwama against the desecration of Sameer’s grave. Youth also pelted stones upon the Indian Army camp in Shadimarg area of Pulwama.
It is to mention here that Sameer was killed along with another youth by the Indian troops during a siege and search operation on April 30, this year. The grave of Sameer had become the centre of attraction and it was decorated with flowers and flags.