Kashmir Muslims rage at forced disappearances in Indian-occupied Jammu & Kashmir

2015-03-29 10:52:12 | Al Muslim News
Kashmir Muslims rage at forced disappearances in Indian-occupied Jammu & Kashmir

 

Kashmiri Muslim in the Indian-occupied Kashmir has demanded an independent probe into the cases of forced disappearance and unmarked graves.
The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), a rights body spearheading the campaign to seek justice for the people who went missing after being taken into Indian forces’ custody, has asked the state government to investigate more than 8,000 cases of enforced disappearances and over 7,000 unmarked mass graves, Press TV reported.
“We demand an independent commission be constituted to carry out DNA profiling, forensic examinations, identify accused persons responsible, and devise a framework for reparations,†said Tahira Begum of the APDP.
According to human rights groups, there are thousands of unidentified graves dotting the Indian-occupied Kashmir landscape. The groups claim that many of the disappeared may have been buried in these unmarked graves.
“We have also urged the chief minister to do what other countries have done,†said human rights lawyer, Parvez Imroz, adding, “Where the disappearances are a phenomenon like Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Nepal, and even in Pakistan the governments have at least held the investigation. They have allowed a special rapporteur on the enforced disappearance to visit their countries, but the government of India has not.â€
Human rights bodies, including the Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have time and again criticized India for its poor human rights record in the Indian-controlled Kashmir.
The Kashmir conflict is a major territorial dispute between India and Pakistan that dates back prior to independence. India and Pakistan have fought three wars over Kashmir, including the Indo-Pakistani Wars of 1947, 1965 and 1999. Both neighbors claim the region in full but have partial control over it.
The Pakistan and India agreed on a ceasefire in 2003 on control line (Cease-fire Line between Pakistani & Indian controlled parts of Kashmir border), and launched a peace process the following year. Since then, there have been sporadic clashes, with both sides accusing the other of violating the ceasefire.
Thousands of Muslim people have been killed by Indian forces in Kashmir over the past two decades.
Around 10.8 million residents in Pakistani and Indian controlled Jammu & Kashmir. Islam is majority’s religion, Muslims make up 78% of total populations while Hindus 18% and 4% are other minorities.

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