[Reader-list] Selective condemnation of rape and murder has become bane of J&K politics

S. Jabbar sonia.jabbar at gmail.com
Wed Mar 31 19:47:26 IST 2010

Kshmendra, it is unfair to condemn them as such.  The Shopian case was an
extremely complicated case, which was manipulated and presented to the world
as fact.  Sadly, this group of well-meaning women are not the first to get
misled with half-facts and half-truths in Kashmir.  I think the admission by
Dr.Nighat last year of forging the vaginal samples genuinely shocked many
people in Kashmir― after all she had sworn upon the Qur’an.  That coupled
with the 2 cases of murder in Maisuma (where near riots had broken out as
people had initially suspected the security forces) will, hopefully cause
some introspection.  Ahmed Ali Fayyaz’s article is a move in that direction.

From: Kshmendra Kaul <kshmendra2005 at yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 06:37:29 -0700 (PDT)
To: "S. Jabbar" <sonia.jabbar at gmail.com>
Cc: sarai list <reader-list at sarai.net>
Subject: Re: [Reader-list] Selective condemnation of rape and murder has
become bane of J&K politics

Continuing the question (it is a continual one where incidents and
characters change):
Where today are the Miss Marples, the whodunit experts, the Umas
(Chakravarty), Ushas (Ramanathan), Seemas (Misra), Vrindas (Grover), Dr.
Ajitas, Anuradhas (Bhasin Jamwal), those members of "Independent Women’s
Initiative for Justice" and authors of "Shopian: Manufacturing a Suitable

--- On Wed, 3/31/10, S. Jabbar <sonia.jabbar at gmail.com> wrote:
> From: S. Jabbar <sonia.jabbar at gmail.com>
> Subject: [Reader-list] Selective condemnation of rape and murder has become
> bane of J&K politics
> To: "Sarai" <reader-list at sarai.net>
> Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 5:22 PM
> ....and where are those Mehboobas, Shameemas, Asiyas today?
> Selective condemnation of rape and murder has become bane of J&K politics
> Ahmed Ali Fayyaz
> JAMMU, Mar 30: Hullabaloo over then widely perceived rape-cum-murder of two
> young woman, married Neelofar Jan and unmarried Asiya Jan, of Shopian in May
> last year was understandable as well as justifiable. Jostling for the
> limelight, female politicians of all hues had done whatever possible to
> undercut one another in the race of smudging the men in uniform. There were
> initially efforts to involve the Balpora-based formation of Rashtriya
> Rifles. Soon the campaign was downgraded to a unit of Central Reserve Police
> Force (CRPF). But once both proved to be the hard nuts, convenience zeroed
> in on Police. Even as two of the Police personnel, detained for their
> alleged involvement in destroying the evidences, were just a vegetarian
> target, counter-insurgency profile of then SP and Dy SP of Shopian made it a
> perfect case for a mass movement.
> For weeks together, Kashmir was yet again in flames. Eight people got
> killed, and around 1,000 sustained injuries in clashes with Police and armed
> forces. Over a thousand vehicles, including 50 ambulances of different
> hospitals in the Valley, were damaged in stone pelting. There was shutdown
> after shutdown for four months. Damage caused to the Kashmir economy is
> estimated to be in hundreds of Crores of Rupees. Loss suffered by the
> student community remained incalculable. Why all that? Obviously because
> government officials, supposed to protect the honour and life of women, were
> perceived to be involved in the sinister act of outraging the modesty of the
> victims and doing away with them.
> Within months, yet another government official---this time a doctor on whose
> evidence stood the ³rape-cum-murder² of the Shopian duo---has been found to
> have outraged the chastity of a hapless woman at his clinic at the nearby
> district headquarters of Pulwama. There are few differences between the two.
> First one was fully based on surmise, speculation and perception. Post
> mortem reports of two teams of doctors made it an explosive case of gang
> rape and murder. Actors need not to be searched in such kind of incidents in
> the strife torn Valley. Second one has been purportedly shot on camera and
> the actor stands not only identified but also placed under suspension,
> arrested and jailed.
> In case of Shopian, the victims were found to have died once. In case of
> Pulwama, the victim has been left to die a hundred times every day as long
> as she lives. The latest revelation is that she happens to be the mother of
> a girl doing first year of her MBBS and a 17-year-old son who is in class
> 11th. Shopian happened by night in a nullah and Pulwama in broad daylight
> during the holy month of Ramazan, at a property owned by a religious trust.
> Then, why an uproar on Shopian and a silence of convenience on Pulwama? The
> biggest poser of the cruel times in Kashmir: Is it the outfits of an actor
> that categorizes rapes in the Valley? Had the Pulwama actor been in Khaki,
> would the Kashmiri politicians have maintained this silence. The questions
> ahead: Are the Kashmiri female politicians concerned over the outrage of the
> modesty of hapless women by government officials or are they exploiting such
> incidents selectively to create space for themselves in the politics of
> deceit and camouflage that has had a bullish market from New Delhi to
> Islamabad?
> PDP President, Mehbooba Mufti, and the pro-Pakistan Dukhataraan-e-Millat
> supremo, Asiya Andrabi, stole the show in Shopian as they left no stone
> unturned in berating the men in uniform. That was understandable for one was
> the queen of the mainstream opposition and another indisputably the highest
> profile female political activist in the separatist camp. But the ruling
> National Conference¹s MLA, Shameema Firdaus, appeared to outsmart all and
> sundry in the agitation when she led a procession of workers on Residency
> Road in Srinagar, chanting slogans against the Shopian rapists and killers
> and demanding exemplary punishment for them all.
> Of late, Shameema Firdaus, has been appointed by Omar Abdullah government as
> the Chairperson of the State Women¹s Commission. While Asiya and her ilk in
> the separatist camp must have now realized the dangers of walking into the
> trap of pro-India politicians, PDP chief has never been sighted in Assembly
> since the day Pulwama surfaced on March 21. Ms Firdaus remained in
> attendance but did not utter a word of condemnation even when the
> independent MLA from Langet, Engineer Sheikh Abdul Rashid, raised his lonely
> voice on the floor of the House and demanded termination of the doctor¹s
> services.
> Until yesterday, the big question was: How could the two women have drowned
> to death in ³ankle deep waters² of Rambiara ? After CBI exonerated all the
> four Policemen and filed a chargesheet against 13 persons, including six
> doctors---notably then deputy Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Ghulam Qadir
> Sofi, now booked for raping a woman at his clinic---a bigger question
> surfaced: How do the gang rapes in Valley take place while leaving hymen of
> an unmarried woman intact? Now a far bigger question: Is it all politics on
> rape or rape of politics---to spare the rapists in civvies and target only
> the rapists in uniform?
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