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Asifa’s rape an assault on humanity: Mirwaiz

Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while demanding exemplary punishment to the guilty involved in the rape and murder of minor nomadic girl Asifa stated that the incident is an assault on humanity.

In a statement issued here, Mirwaiz who continues to remain under house detention, said the heinous crime is an open assault on humanity and civilisation. “It is beyond one’s imagination that humans can stoop to such level for the fulfilment of their nefarious agenda of eviction of a small community of bakerwals and then rallies are organised in support of beasts is unbelievable,” he said.

Mirwaiz said that every human irrespective of their religion, ideology, belief or background should in unison demand an exemplary punishment for these beasts who have shamed mankind. “To fall prey to the communalisation of such incident and support rallies and bandhs in its favor does no good to the community that is doing so, in fact it brings shame to them,” he said.

Mirwaiz condemned the government for disallowing congregational Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar and sealing of the grand mosque on the auspicious occasion of Meraj-e-Alam. He also denounced the government’s decision of imposing strict curfew in downtown Srinagar and majority of South Kashmir areas and caging resistance leaders either in their homes or in police stations terming it as dictatorship of the state. “Repeated curbs, curfews and restrictions is the acceptance of moral defeat of failed rulers,” he said.

Mirwaiz said that the ruling dispensation has thrown every principle of democracy to the winds only to secure its chair and hang on to it. “Every right of civilians human, political, social or religious is violated with impunity through use of brute force and there is complete lack of accountability. Even the basic right to life is a huge casualty in Kashmir,” he said. “People are not even safe within the four walls of their homes and are killed indiscriminately by the forces.”

Expressing anguish and serious concern over the targeted killing of Kashmir’s young which has almost become a daily affair in Kashmir, he said killing and repression are used as policy to force people and the resistance leadership into submission. “Kashmir dispute is a reality and use of force cannot deter a people who have been unrelentingly struggling for the past 30 years in particular, in the face of worst repression and despite Indian states huge military presence and might on ground here,” he said. “If 30 years of oppression despite tremendous sacrifices and loss could not make us give up fighting for the realisation of our just political cause, does it not convey that people will not yield to force come what may.”

He said “today our youth are forced to take up arms as a natural reaction to oppression and repression.”

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