Amnesty demands fresh probe into IOK mass rapes

Srinagar, July 24 2013 (PPI-OT): The Amnesty International has urged Indian authorities to avoid delay in conducting fresh investigations into the 1991 Kunan-Poshpora mass rapes by the troops of the Indian army stationed in occupied Kashmir.

The Amnesty International in a statement issued in New Delhi demanded a thorough, impartial and effective investigation meeting international standards into the alleged rapes and prosecution of the perpetrators in a competent, independent and impartial civilian court.

“Previous investigations into the allegations have been ineffective. The J and K police declared that the case was ‘untraceable’ and stopped investigations in October 1991. To date, investigations have remained inconclusive, and nobody has been charged or prosecuted in connection to the case,” the Amnesty said.

On the night of 23rd of February 1991, army personnel entered the towns of Kunan and Poshpora to conduct a search operation. They confined the men of the village outside, and then entered their homes and raped dozens of women.

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