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There was a woman whose life was
by electric shocks in her private parts.
… You talk about humanity?
There was a bride in a village. It was
her wedding day. Beasts ruined her
She and her aunt were raped by BSF….But wait, they
are for
security…. So do not shout, do not
protest_ you terrorists.
You talk about injustice?
There was a brother who was kept
ongun point by army, and two of his sisters were raped
in next room…..
He said
i was hearing cries of sisters and
laughs of beasts… But, it
though You talk about Rights? There was a 9th standard
girl, All
innocent and childish, her clothes
were torn
and kept naked for days…. Yes, by
security forces…. So
shhhh… dont say a word There was a village where they
treated females as hurd of
There was a mother, a sister who
went to fields, all happy…. alas they
came back on four shoulders, fell prey to
thelust of
beasts… But bodies were drowned,
stress full allegations.. plans by ISI,
suicides,probes ¬ ¬ ¬ , cross border
terrorism, Pakistan Hence proved….. Rape is a myth,
nothing ever happened….
Damini ( rape victim ) was lucky
that world went on rampage to
share her pain.
when Asiya And Neelofer were raped and
murdered nobody uttered a word.
More than 9000 women have been
here alone. Corrupt government
officials and police rapists roam
free yet women fear for their honor and you know where this is
happening. THIS IS MY KASHMIR!.

by – MEEM HYE MEHRAN (@BeingMehran)


By M Saleem Pandit, TNN | Feb 4, 2013, 04.54 AM IST

Fatwa issued against Kashmiri all-girl band
A top clergyman and other separatist groups issued statements and “fatwas” against the girls who have taken refuge in New Delhi after chief minister Omar Abdullah offered support to them on February 3, 2013.
SRINAGAR: Kashmir’s top clergyman, Mufti Azam Mufti Bashiruddin, on Sunday issued a “fatwa” against three Kashmiri girls for being part of a rock band which performed in Srinagar in December 2012.The grand mufti said he has decreed against the girls because music is banned in Islam and girls should imbibe “better values” instead of vices.

“I issued the fatwa where I said to the girls that music is not good for society,” he said. “All bad things happening in the Indian society are because of music,” he added.

Mufti Azaam said, “The parents of the girls should try to correct erring teenage girls and teach them Islamic values instead of exhibiting them as source of entertainment for thousands of people. I will be forced to issue another fatwa if these girls and their parents do not take corrective measures to mend their ways.”

The mufti and other separatist groups issued statements and “fatwas” against the girls who have taken refuge in New Delhi after chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday offered support to them.

The three teenage girls – drummer Farah Deeba, guitarist Aneeka Khalid and vocalist-guitarist Noma Nazir – performed at a Srinagar stadium last December organized by Adnan Mattoo and Raheel Khurshid’s Bloodrockz. Their performance came under fire from conservative elements in Kashmiri society and they received threats.

Sources said Omar Abdullah has asked crime branch of the Jammu and Kashmir police to investigate the matter. He said on Twitter that he hoped the talented young girls would continue to pursue their goal and not let a handful of people silence them.

Hurriyat Conference faction headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Sunday expressed surprise over the way Omer Abdullah supported the girls saying that though in a civilized society there is no place for coercion and force but some values have to be adopted to safeguard the ethical, moral and religious traditions.

The Hurriyat faction spokesman Ayaz Akbar said that Kashmir being a sacred place of saints, there is no room for western culture.


By Farah Bashir, Kindle  Magazine

A few weeks back, I met three journalists in Delhi. Two of them had flown from Srinagar, the same afternoon; while the third one lives in the Indian capital.
As we were chatting in a quaint cafe; one of the two, who had travelled from Srinagar, received a phone call, and went outside to answer it. It took her a while before she returned looking visibly hassled.  “They have raided his house again.  As expected, they were asking for his hard disc.’ She was talking about an independent journalist who had, of late, become the target for harassment at the hands of Kashmir police.

After that phone call, our friendly chat took a serious turn as the journalists, from Srinagar, mentioned how such police raids were increasingly becoming commonplace in the Valley.

The state authorities keep an eye to suppress any report that might not cohere with the picture of ‘constructed peace’ that it has been painting. Pertinent to mention, earlier this year, sixteen people were detained for being suspects in using social media to instigate violence. It comes as no surprise that the state government has created a ‘cell’ to monitor content in cyber space. ‘The police’s cyber cell has acquired sophisticated internet Protocol tools to trace the people uploading objectionable content on Facebook and other social networking sites. Over the period of time, many sites openly advocated freedom for Kashmir,’ reports Peerzada Ashiq in Hindustan Times.

Such behavior on the part of the state reeks of desperation to cure its own paranoia by whatever means it can.

Creating ‘New’ Reality:

Curbing dissent and hushing ‘voices’ has proven to be an effective strategy employed by the state authorities which is busy creating a ‘new reality’ to manage the peace discourse.
Starting with uploading pictures of Tulip Garden on Twitter by Omar Abdullah, the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, to some Indian journalists writing about ‘Kashmir wanting to move on’ but its past being held hostage by a handful of ‘elites’; or the news of ‘ten Kashmiri applicants’ who had appeared for the civil services of India, and such related pieces of information, is an attempt to carve a parallel narrative of ‘normalcy’ returning to the valley.
The discourse has been strategically crafted and executed since 2011 during which the news of valley receiving ‘one million tourists,’ made rounds in the news sphere, whereas the arrests of teenage boys (couple of which I accidentally happened to witness) remained under wraps. While Indian and international press continued to write how, ‘…Kashmir Valley is enjoying an unexpected season of tranquility. Tourists from across India have descended on the valley, filling just about every airplane seat, hotel room and houseboats…,’ there was no report about the restiveness followed by the arrests. That is because the motive has been to focus on suppressing the news of any incident which stands the remotest chance to burst the precarious bubble of ‘constructed peace.’
However, ‘…in this peace discourse what has been forgotten are the promises made in the Assembly when youths were killed on the streets in 2010.’

Mock Peace Strategies

In order to support the ‘constructed peace,’ the state is keeping people busy by creating situations, at cultural and social levels, and then offers solutions making it appear as though it is busy solving issues (that it schemes in the first place).
A method commonly called “problem -reaction- solution” is very well adopted by the state in which the government ‘creates a problem, a “situation” referred to cause some reaction in the audience,’ and provides an alternative or a solution to look like a savior of sorts.
One such instance that comes to mind was government’s plan to demolish two historically and culturally significant bridges: Zaina Kadal and Zero Bridge. Only after much provoked anger and indignation; intervention by heritage conservationists, the opposition PDP, articles appearing online, in newspapers, campaigns started on social media, and the chief minister urged, by various people on Twitter, to take action against the demolition; were the decisions altered: not to demolish the monumental Zaina Kadal, and only ‘repair’ Zero Bridge.
Such pre-meditated tactics are announced to divert the attention of the masses to social issues, and digress from the unsolved political dispute that Kashmir is.
The real threat that an ordinary Kashmiri faces is the impunity that shields Indian troopers under black laws such as AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act), DAA (Disturbed Area Act) and PSA (Public Safety Act). In January, this year, a youth, Atlaf Ahmad Sood, was shot dead by CISF, at Boniyar in north Kashmir’s Uri town of Baramulla district. ‘The CISF personnel had opened firing on the people, who were protesting against lack of electricity supply, without any provocation.’

Perceived Peace

The noise of ‘constructed peace’ trying to form the plinth of a ‘new reality’ conveniently brushes aside the casualties of the armed rebellion, that broke out in Kashmir against the Indian rule (in 1989) which include the loss of 80,000 lives, thousands of enforced disappearances, and ‘the presence of unmarked graves at 38 sites near the mountains of Kashmir,’ as reported by State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), a human rights body appointed by the state government.

Author James Baldwin argues, ‘…leaving aside the bloody catalogue of oppression which we are too familiar with any way–what the system does to the subjugated is to destroy (…) sense of reality.’

A few weeks ago, someone had tweeted about the death of Sajid Ahmad Darzi, the 13-year-old protestor who lost his arm before succumbing to the injuries received during the anti-India protests in 2010. I favourited the tweet and some others re-tweeted it before the news of his death got lost in a maze of thousands of tweets including the ones which carried the articles and write ups on normalcy and peace returning to the valley.

(Farah Bashir, a former photojournalist, works as a researcher. She lives in Singapore.)