Yet Another Fact-Finding Team Comes Back With Horror Stories From J&K

 

A four-member delegation of Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression noted the all-pervading sentiment of fear in the region and the atrocities committed by security forces.

 

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New Delhi: It has been 60 days since Jammu and Kashmir has been under a lockdown with communication channels cut off, movement hindered and political leaders under house arrest.

Today, a fact-finding team of four women who visited various parts of J&K recently said at a press conference that there was palpable concern among people in the region over the Centre’s decision regarding Article 370 and the state’s bifurcation.

The team, from the collective ‘Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression’, had visited J&K between September 23 and 28. They visited Srinagar, Shopian, Kupwara and Baramullah.

The collective said that the Indian state has been refusing to understand the feeling of oppression, of grievances that are unaddressed and the desire for freedom. The government’s decision to read down Article 370 has, they said, “Created a sense of anger, outrage and strong anti-India feelings among people across the Valley.”

 

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