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Now separatists, civil society silent on rape of Assamese girl in Kashmir
9/18/2018 10:54:37 PM
Early Times Report
srinagar, Sept 18: Even as a poor Assamese girl has been raped by a Kashmiri man in Kashmir, the so called "champions of civil rights", the separatists and the civil society in the valley are silent on the gruesome incident.
Last week in a shocking incident, an Assamese girl who worked as a house maid for a professor at SK University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology (SKUAST), had claimed that she was raped by a Kashmir man.
Quoting the victim, the University officials had said that her hands and legs were tied while mouth was stuffed with grass before she was raped by a local near the residence of her employer.
Officials said the victim worked as a maid for the Assistant professor SKUAST, and had gone outside his residence to get back a carpet lying outside in the sun.
But a Kashmiri man had abducted her midway and taken her to nearby fields. The man, as per the victim, gagged the mouth of the girl and the tied her limbs before raping her.
He victim later identified the man as resident of nearby area.
While the police have filed a case, the so called civil society in Kashmir is silent and so are the separatists.
For the separatists, the rape of a non-local girl is no news to which they should react. Likewise the civil society has been maintaining silence.
Sources said the separatists avoided condemning the incident as it would not give a "good picture of Kashmir." "They don't want to comment on any issue that will give the real but negative picture of Kashmir so they maintained silence," said a source close to the separatists.
Sources said a civil society group headed by wife of a senior separatist leader maintained silence as the separatists didn't the forum to comment on the "small issue."
Meanwhile human rights groups in New Delhi have taken a serious note of the silence in Kashmir.
"The silence of Kashmir on rape of a poor woman has exposed them," said a woman rights activist.
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