By News Desk | Srinagar, Kashmir
Demanding re-investigation into the ‘mass rape’ of at least thirty two women in Kunanposhpora village of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district, in 1991, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. The petitioners also sought directions for implementation of the 2011 recommendations of the Human Rights Commission of Kashmir for re-investigating the case.
Women in Kunanposhpora alleged that on the intervening night of February 23 and 24 in 1991 the Indian troops of Rajputana Rifles raped them while men where beaten up. After the incident under forceful public anger, police had lodged an FIR at Trehgam police station against the troops on 18 March 1991.
The PIL has been filed by students, teachers and other professionals through their counsel, Parvaiz Imroz- a prominent human rights lawyer, and had sought directives for initiating criminal proceedings against the then Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir, Wajahat Habibullah, President of Indian Federation of Working Journalists, K Vikram Rao, and a visiting Professor, Boobli George Varghese, for their individual roles in covering up the matter of the ‘mass rape’.
On 19 October 2011, a division bench of the commission had asked the authorities to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for re-opening the case and had also recommended to prosecute the then Director Prosecution who had sought closure of the case on the grounds that the perpetrators were untraced.