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Dear Omar,
 I am forwarding the email I have received from Mr. G.M. Kaloo, President of the J&K Press Association, whom you had met several months back at my request. I have been receiving several such emails from various persons stating that newspapers are not being allowed to be published/distributed in Kashmir, cell phones and internet services have been disabled, and other restrictions placed after the hanging of Afzal Guru.
  My own thinking in the matter is this : no freedom can be absolute, and hence press freedom under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution can also not be absolute, but is subject to reasonable restrictions in the public interest vide Article 19(2).
 Kashmir has a law and order problem, and ordinarily it is the state government which is the best judge of the situation and the way to handle it. Hence we should ordinarily respect the decision of the state government. The state government may have thought that for some time there should be a restraint on press freedom, because while many newspapers are responsible, some are not, and may publish inflammatory material which may create a huge law and order problem by inciting people to violence. Hence for some time a restraint order may be justified.
 However, if the restraint is continued too long it may become unreasonable and unjustified. After all, there has to be a limit to the time duration of the restraint order, and it cannot continue indefinitely. People have to be allowed to let off steam and express their grievances peacefully,otherwise their grievances will erupt violently. There is a proverb “Words break no bones”.
 I would therefore request that you consider the matter and discuss it with Mr. Kaloo and other respected and responsible journalists of J&K, and then pass appropriate orders.
  You know that I hold you in respect, and I know of the difficult situation you are facing, and so I hope you will not mind my expressing my view, which I think to be in your interest.
 Justice Katju
Subodh Mukoo wrote:
Publication of news paper has been stopped by the government and thus people deprived of information about day to day developments in Kashmir Valley .
G. H. Kaloo
Jammu Kashmir Press Association(JKPA)
(Subodh K Mukoo)
National Coordinator, JKPA

CM Omar Abdullah‘s Reply :

Dear Justice Katju,

With reference to your emails of today please find attached below my response which I hope you will take in to consideration while making any public statements regarding the media in Kashmir.

Best regards

Omar Abdullah

With reference to your e-mails, I fully share your concern regarding continuation of restrictions in the Kashmir Valley.
The facts are under:-
·       The execution of Afzal Guru took place on Saturday (Feb 9). On Saturday night, some local newspapers like Kashmir Images and Kashmir Reader and a few local Urdu dailies did print and publish their newspapers.
·         Circulation of these papers by the vendors was not possible as there were severe restrictions on any kind of movement in Srinagar city, in particular, and all over Kashmir valley at large.
·         We have been given to understand that on Sunday newspapers have not printed their editions as restrictions were continuing in Kashmir valley and circulation of the same would not have been possible, even if they were to be printed.
·        It may be mentioned that Jammu editions of the Kashmir based papers did get circulated.
·      The Information Department has not issued any directive to the publishers by putting any restrictions.
·         It is true that the internet facilities on GPRS enabled phones  have suffered, but Broadband  Desktop internet facilities are available and the newspapers are updating their editions online.
·        With the Government proposing to ease restrictions in Kashmir valley as the situation improves, movement of vehicles would also be getting facilitated and we are sure that the media publications would also get circulated.
·        The security/ law and order concerns and the restrictions in Kashmir Valley has well been appreciated by you and we acknowledge it with all humility.


Charged With Attempt To Murder, Damage To Property

KHALID GUL, Greater Kashmir

Islamabad (Anantnag), Dec 22: Police on Friday detained 17- year old disabled girl for her alleged involvement in stone pelting during the 2010 summer unrest. She was booked under attempt to murder and other serious offences. However, she was released on Saturday after court granted interim bail to her. Police on Friday detained, Zahida Akhtar daughter of Ghulam Ahmad Dar of Batengoo area here in south Kashmir. “ Zahida was summoned by the police to the Saddar Police Station, Islamabad on the pretext that they had to seek some information regarding the bullet injury she received in 2010 but was later detained by them,” said the family members.

They said that her brother who accompanied her to the police station was told by the cops there that she has a case of stone pelting pending against her and would be released only after getting bail. They said that Zahida had received a bullet injury in her leg when the forces fired upon the funeral procession of Maroof Ahmad Nath during the 2010 summer agitation. The body of Maroof Nath was fished out from the river Jehlum days after he had drowned in it while being chased away by the forces. The forces had fired on the funeral procession of the deceased at two different places resulting into the killing of Bilal Ahmad Najar and Noor-ul-Amin Dagga while others including Zahida received bullet injuries.

Pertinently, a case stands registered against the two deceased persons as well as the injured in this connection. “Zahida has been also been booked under same charges as those of deceased and other persons who were injured on that day,” sources said. Police said that Zahida was involved `in stone pelting during the 2010 summer unrest. “Zahida was involved in stone pelting during the 2010 summer unrest and was booked under various charges including attempt to murder,” a police official told Greater Kashmir.

He said that a case FIR no 355/2010 US 307, 148, 149, 188, 336, 427 RPC and ¾ Prevention of Public Property Act stands registered against the girl. However, the family members contest the police claim saying that she was implicated on frivolous grounds. “My daughter has never been involved in stone pelting and on the day she received bullet injury she had gone to her relatives house in Islamabad when the funeral procession was fired upon,” said Zahida’s mother. She said that since then Zahida is on medication and cannot walk without any support. “My daughter cannot spend a single moment without me. I don’t know how she has would have spent the whole night in the Police Station, where there are only male inmates,” said Mukhtee.

She alleged the policemen did not even allow them to provide her medicines and blanket. “Though her sister was allowed to accompany her only after we pleaded to the cops but I am worried about her and could not sleep the whole night,” said Mukhtee. The family lives in abject poverty in a small muddy house. “My husband and me are both aged and ailing. Our sons who live separately toil hard to support us as well as their own families,” said she. Zahida’s brother Adil Dar said: “I don’t know what my ailing sister has done that she has suddenly become threat to the state.”

He said that his sister is only 17 and was in 7th standard when she received the bullet injury. “Zahida could not pursue her studies further as she was rendered handicapped due to the bullet injury and was forced to leave her studies midway,” said Adil. “If mourning the death of your loved ones killed in forces firing is a crime then the government should punish all the Kashmiris,” said Adil. He said that it is a matter of shame that even our sisters are being booked on “false charges.” Meanwhile reports said that Zahida was released on Saturday evening after her family members managed to get interim bail. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Anantang, RK Jalla when contacted said, “The girl had a case of stone pelting of 2010 registered against her and was hence arrested.” He said the girl was released on bail on Saturday. Asked about the age of the girl the SSP said that she was 25.


Nov 12, 2012   shopian,


The residents of Kanjimulla village here in south Kashmir’s Shopian district held protest demonstrations after a girl was allegedly gang raped by one of her neighbours and his friends.
The district police lodged a case in this regard and investigation has been initiated.

“I was coming out of the washroom of my house Saturday evening when somebody threw chilly water over my face and forcibly bundled me into a Santro vehicle,” said the victim alleging that one of her kidnappers was her neighbor.

She said that her gun wielding kidnappers, one of whom she recognized as her neighbor, took her to some unidentified location where she was beaten up mercilessly and her clothes ripped apart.

“I was drugged and I felt unconsciously. I cannot remember whatever happened afterward,” the victim said.

She said that when she came to senses, she found herself at some unknown place.

People from a village in the neighboring Kulgam district said they found her in a half-conscious state.

“Her body was badly bruised,” the villagers said.

Soon the news of the incident went viral in the area and people took to streets demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.

The family of the victim alleged that one of their neighbors had done this because of animosity between the two families.

“We had some dispute with their family earlier and this person attacked and injured the victim then also. We lodged a police complaint back then too. However, police did not take any action,” said a relative of the girl.

Meanwhile, police, taking cognizance of the incident, lodged an FIR and initiated the investigation.