Indian Forces using rape as tool in IoK, says Alvi

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ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi Sunday said the Indian occupying forces in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) used rape as a tool which was highlighted by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) in one of its reports.
On his twitter account, the president tagged a clip of the Indian Tv programme in which an Indian retired army officer SP Sinha, and a leader of BJP, shamefully advocated rape of Kashmiri women.
“Disgraceful. Maj Gen(R) SP Sinha a leader of BJP advocates rape of Kashmiri women on TV. Imagine the fate of women in Indian Occupied Kashmir where such men wield power with total impunity,” the president further said in his tweet.
During the programme, the other participants and female host could be seen shouting Sinha down with loud condemnation over his appalling remarks.
The HRW in its report titled, “The India’s secret army in Kashmir, New patterns of abuse emerge in the conflict,” had found the Indian occupying forces involvement in such heinous acts of gross human rights violations.
It said these incidents were never investigated by the judicial and medical authorities competent to determine culpability.
Earlier, British political leaders on Saturday condemned the brutal tyranny in occupied Kashmir and expressed strong support to the Kashmiri freedom struggle against Indian occupation.
Speaking at an international seminar on ‘Human Rights in Indian Occupied Kashmir’ in Karachi, organised by the Centre for Peace, Security and Developmental Studies (CPSD), they expressed their grave concerns over the deteriorating human rights conditions in the occupied territory.
President Dr Arif Alvi was the chief guest at the event, which was alsoattended by British politicians, human rights activists, international law experts and scholars, including George Galloway, Lord Duncan McNair, David Ward, Marcus C Thomlinson and others.
Alvi told the seminar that Indian actions since August 5 – introduction of additional military forces and the imposition of lockdown – had resulted in biggest humanitarian crisis in modern times. “The risk of escalation could lead to much greater humanitarian crisis than ever before,” he warned.
He added that the recent actions of the Indian government were aimed at changing the demographic composition of occupied Kashmir.