Voice for disbanding Indian army-backed VDCs gets shriller

Srinagar, July 31 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the demands for disbanding Village Indian army-backed so-called Village Defence Committees (VDCs) are getting more support following the recent mass rape of a minor girl by the armed VDC members in Kishtwar district.

The All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the VDC members had unleashed a reign of terror in Kashmir. He said that the VDCs were terrorising the Muslim population, adding: “It is high time that the authorities should disband VDCs.”

The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani in his statement issued in Srinagar said that VDCs were formed only to crush Muslims of Jammu region. “They have been unleashing a reign of terror in Muslim belts of the region. They are actually working on the directions of RSS and Shiv Sena to crush freedom sentiment in Jammu region.”

He said that VDCs should immediately be disarmed and dissolved. The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement in Srinagar said that the VDCs were another form of Ikhwanis. “They are the paid workers of the authorities in Jammu region like we had Ikhwanis in Kashmir..

Senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah in his statement in Srinagar said, VDC members are so powerful that they have raped a minor girl and are still roaming free. “This is shameful. We demand immediate dissolution of VDCs as there is no need of them,” he added.

Noted human rights lawyer and head of Coalition of Civil Society, Pervez Imroz in a statement said, the VDCs have been indulging in many social crimes but there is no record maintained. “The VDC members are involved in extortion, kidnapping, molestation and even rapes,” Imroz said.

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