In occupied Kashmir, doctors and paramedics expressing solidarity with a sexually assaulted colleague held peaceful protest demonstrations to press for an impartial probe into the incident involving the former puppet Health Minister, Shabbir Ahmed Khan.
According to Media sources, hundreds of doctors and paramedics wearing black bands held protest demonstrations at hospitals across the territory.
An amalgam of doctors and paramedical associations criticized the occupation authorities for shielding the former minister.
Reports of protests came from different districts including Baramulla, Pattan, Kupwara, Islamabad and Srinagar. The protestors slammed the authorities for handling the issue in a callous manner.
“We will firmly stand to support our lady doctor colleague till justice is delivered to her,” said a spokesman of the Society of Consultant Doctors (COCDS). The COCDS further added the lady doctor has been brave enough to stand up for her rights.
The protests were held at hospitals in Baramulla, Kupwara, Islamabad and Ganderbal districts. The hospitals’ staff wore black bands as a mark of protest and also held brief demonstrations holding placards to press their demand.
The amalgam of doctors and paramedic associations which held protests included the Dental Surgeons Society, Health and Family Welfare Employees Confederation, Society of Consultant Doctors, State Contractual Doctors, Field Doctors Welfare Association Kashmir, NRHM Doctors Association, and the Doctors and Patients Welfare Association.
A student from occupied Kashmir was harassed by her fellow male students at a university in Hisar city of Haryana.
According to Media sources, a female Kashmiri student of MSc Environment at Guru Jambeshwar University of Science and Technology had complained a few days ago that a gang of male students had been threatening her with dire consequences for not agreeing to go on a private tour.
The harassment led to worsen her health condition and she was admitted to a local hospital.
However, the Public Relations Officer of the university has said the issue has been ‘amicably’ resolved.
In occupied Kashmir, protests, curfew, restrictions and arrests are back in the valley, with most parts of the valley including capital Srinagar remaining under severe curfew restrictions, writes Valley-based Kashmir Monitor in its editorial.
According to Media sources, the paper maintains that over 500 young persons have been arrested across the valley as a part of authorities’ plan to crush dissent on streets.
“Almost all major towns and district headquarters remained shut since Sunday as the authorities imposed restrictions on all types of movement,” it adds.
The newspaper deplores that the authorities have replaced the word curfew with section 144 of RPC. The section 144 disallows assembly of five or more persons at a given place without hampering the civilian movement in the market places and streets.
“But since rules and laws are implemented in Kashmir according to the definition that fits the authorities, section 144 has always meant curfew for the people here,” it says.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian police used brute force and fired teargas shells on people during anti-India demonstration in Bandipore district.
According to Media sources, the protestors marched towards the local police station and demanded immediate release of two youth arrested by Indian police in Hajan town of the district.
The forces deployed on roads charged them with canes and used tear smoke shells to disperse them. The clashes lasted for hours.
The youth were shouting pro-freedom slogans.
In occupied Kashmir, Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) President and Independent member of so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed has urged active involvement of the Hurriyet and United Jihad Council (UJC) leadership in the settlement of Kashmir dispute.
According to Kashmir Dispute, replying to Governor N N Vohra’s address to the assembly, Engineer Rasheed said “I want to remind the Indian leadership that they conducted a dialogue with the five Hizbul Mujahideen commanders at the Nehru Guest House in Srinagar and now calling Syed Salahuddin a terrorist has no rationale.”
He called upon the Indian government to initiate a meaningful and result-oriented dialogue with Hurriyet and United Jihad Council.
The MLA demanded of the pro-India National Conference and PDP leadership to present the copies of supposed letters written by their respective party presidents to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about Afzal Guru’s issue.
The MLA called for ending seizure of house of Hurriyet leader, Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori and called the move as a harassment tactic aimed at breaking the will of the Kashmiris. He also demanded arrest of former health minister on molestation charges.
The launching ceremony of the book of Muhammad Afzal Guru, “Last Message of Shaheed Mohammad Afzal Guru” was held in Muzaffarabad. Hurriyet leaders, activists and people from different walks of life attended the ceremony in large number.
According to Media sources, the function was presided over by Hurriyet leader and Vice Chairman of Jammu an Kashmir National Front (JKNF), Altaf Hussain Wani while and Hurriyat leader, Ghulam Mohammad Safi, was the chief guest on the occasion.
The “Last Message of Shaheed Mohammad Afzal Guru” is a compilation of Shaheed Guru’s writings martyred on February 9, 2013 in the New Delhi’s Tihar jail.
The book was earlier compiled and published in Srinagar, last year by Hurriyet leader and National Front Chairman, Nayeem Ahmad Khan.
The function was attended by Advisor to Azad Kashmir Prime Minister, Arif Mughal, Muzaffar Shah, Abdul Aziz Alvi, Sheikh Aqeel-ul-Rehman, Abdul Hamid Lone, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Shawkat Javed Mir, Taqdees Gilani, Aziz Ahmad Gazali, Bashir Lone and others.
The speakers renewed their pledge that the great sacrifices of martyrs would not be allowed go waste. He added that the Kashmiri martyrs had not rendered their lives for the trade of tomatoes and potatoes but for securing their birthright to self-determination.