SRINAGAR: Indian troops on Tuesday arrested several women in occupied Jammu and Kashmir territory after subjecting them to brute force during an anti-India demonstration in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar.
A large number of women including rights activists and leading academicians carrying placards gathered at the Pratap Park in Srinagar. As they started the march, the police swooped in on them and arrested several women including the daughter and the sister of former “puppet” Chief Minister of occupied Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah, — Safia Abdullah Khan and Suraiya Abdullah respectively — during the protest against the revocation of Kashmir’s special status, reported the Kashmir Media Service.
Ms Hawa Bashir, the wife of former Chief Justice of IOK High Court, Bashir Ahmed Khan, was also among the detainees. The protesters were dragged and subjected to torture by the police. This was the first anti-India protest of its kind in Lal Chowk area, the center of Srinagar, after August 5.
The police also tried to stop the protesting women from distributing a statement to the media, which said that they expressed their outrage against the Indian media for its false/misleading coverage of ground realities in the territory. Demanding restoration of civil liberties and fundamental rights of the citizens as well as immediate release of detainees and demilitarization of rural and urban areas, the women said they felt betrayed, humiliated and violated as people.
Farooq Abdullah was placed under house arrest soon after the repealing of special status for the Himalayan valley, while his son is being held at a state guest house.
According to the KMS, normal life continued to remain paralyzed on the 72nd straight day, today. Restrictions continue to remain imposed with shops closed except for few hours in the morning and evening, schools and offices empty and public transport off the roads.
Heavy deployment of Indian forces and ban on pre-paid phones and internet services are causing great inconveniences to the people throughout the territory. Lack of communications has also inflicted untold miseries on the people.
Text messaging services were blocked just hours after Indian authorities had partially restored call and text services for post-paid mobile phones on Monday, following a 72-day blackout in the territory. Patients are the worst victims of the blockade, which has cut people off not only from their immediate surroundings but also from the world.