Winning the war-through women..

Lately,all my attention is struck over Kashmir.Days and days pass by,with nothing much happening on the brighter side.Stories on human rights violation,contributed to a major extent by our own Indian Army,is heart breaking.Maybe Kashmiris are wrong.But does two wrongs makes things right?

 

 

Kashmir is place which is turning out to be goldmine for army and politicians. They need to ensure that the state of trouble remains the same, atleast for their life span as to make the most out of it for selfish motives. Militants on the other hand keep the area in unrest,and have random verses from Quran to ‘justify’, no matter what evil they are doing. India has an estimated 700,000 soldiers in Kashmir, fighting nearly a dozen rebel groups since 1989. In many areas, the region has the feel of an occupied country, with soldiers in full combat gear patrolling streets and frisking civilians

  

After some reading, for some reason, I started asking myself,” Wouldn’t I have been a ‘terrorist’ if me or people around me were subjected to such brutality, for years in row. If a person is wrong, go punish him. Instead, there is a systemic procedure of torturing the culprit’s parents, wife/husband, kids or other friends. How is that right?

I wonder why there isn’t any legitimate source to get information about total causalities in Kashmir. Is it something that ought to be hidden? Fortunately or unfortunately, I didn’t find any authentic source for retrieving such statistics. Still, general reading tells me that hundreds of people are tortured, thousand of children orphaned, women widowed, raped and molested. For some reason, I was greatly disturbed on thinking why the hell women are abused, though the ‘war’ is between men on both sides. Random and disturbing thoughts made me look more into the particular matter

Rape continues to be a major instrument of repression against the Kashmiri people while the majority of casualties in Kashmir are civilians. The Indian authorities have also steadfastly refused to allow any independent monitoring of the situation. The International Federation of Human Rights and the Amnesty International have also been denied permission to visit.

The sexual exploitation of women by people in power is not just a women’s issue. It needs to be addressed by society as a whole. Both the Army and the militants have been using rape as a war weapon. Rape in war is not a matter of physical desire. It is rather a question of power and control. It is the best tool to demoralize people intellectually and spiritually. It is not a matter or exploitation but a well-thought-out and planned propaganda.

 

I wonder and pity the mentality of oppressing a group of people by doing this..Why don’t you put them in jail or shoot them to death. Why rape instead?To die of humiliation? Will they keep on doing this until the last girl, even the one in womb is torn off? I have no wonder why father, brother of husband of such women take law in their hands. What would you do when you watch your wife or daughter or sister getting molested? Go eat pizza?

 

The next set of people, so-called Islamic fundamentalists are out to pour acid over women’s faces if they don’t wear Pardha. Hell, who gave them the right to force religion on others? Did Allah send them an email? When did Islam lose its soul? Well, what more to talk on people who don’t follow any war ethics, instead go blast bombs killing women and children and civilians.

 

Women in Kashmir have also been raped and killed after being abducted by rival militant groups and held as hostages for their male relatives. It is also a way to punish women suspected of being sympathetic to the opposition.

 

This is not a post on women, and not on Muslim women or Hindu women.. Muslim women are abused by Army and Hindu women are abused by militants. Maybe I am silly to feel so angry and frustrated because I just knew about this age old ‘war-technique’ that can be tracked back to biblical times.. And it makes me feel more bad that Army I always used to be proud of keeping guard of whole nation is indulging in such matter.. Several human rights violations have been charged against Indian Army. Interestingly, Indian government doesn’t allow Human rights observers.. Why? I am very sad that my nation’s Army turned out just like American one.. All such unauthorized torturing, disappearances, custody deaths.. and mostly abusing women duh..

 

Sadly, there isn’t proper recording of such crimes due to social stigma against the victim and for fear of more oppression. Army has different set of rules (court marshalling and like) to deal with such crimes, and trials never end in punishments, which atmost in just getting suspended.. May be The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 (AFSPA) is what makes them feel like doing anything whatever they want. Under this Act, all security forces are given unrestricted and unaccounted power to carry out their operations, once an area is declared disturbed. Even a non-commissioned officer is granted the right to shoot to kill based on mere suspicion that it is necessary to do so in order to “maintain the public order”.

 

This is not a propaganda against loyal soldiers who give their lives for the nation .But sad but truly, this war rape is happening in places like Kashmir and north-east parts of India,and the number can’t be tracked back to fingers,but to thousands.. Maybe that’s why those people don’t like being part of India, as it is the soldiers that represent us. Generalizing is injustice, but I never told that all soldiers are  the same..

 

 

 

Read more

 

Women in Kashmir suffer rape, molestation, kin’s disappearances, psychological trauma and torture

http://www.combatlaw.org/information.php?issue_id=36&article_id=997

 

Sex abuse issue in Kashmir has some designs

 

http://www.merinews.com/catFull.jsp?articleID=163

 

Rape As A Weapon Of War And A Tool Of Political Repression

http://www.hrw.org/about/projects/womrep/General-21.htm

War rape

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_rape

http://www.hrdc.net/sahrdc/resources/armed_forces.htm

 

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  1. I will come and read this post later, first you come and take a look at my new post 🙂

    there’s something for you.

    • Arjun
    • August 29th, 2008

    Good One….
    But these incidents wont stop until peace is established in Kashmir….
    The violence against women is not something that is happening only in Kashmir.Its happening everywhere around the world where there is a war-like situation…

    • Nimmy
    • August 29th, 2008

    @IndianHoneMaker,Thank you so much:-)

    @Arjun,right..Just refer to thw wiki link I provided..Frightening and horrific storyies all over the world, of what happened to women duirng past wars..

    • speaktodayforabettertomorrow
    • August 29th, 2008

    A very realistic view of the situation by an ordinary Indian citizen who’s truly concerned!
    While a major count of such attrocities go unreported, the ones which come to limelight go unnoticed by justice! It’s pity.
    Raise our voice… That’s what we can do, at least. Sooner or later. it’s sure to reach the ears of all those who’re concerned / involved.

    Keep writing!

    • Nimmy
    • August 30th, 2008

    @speaktodayforabettertomorrow,thanks:)

    Sadly,as you said,most cses go unrepotred for sake of family honour..This in turn helps the evil being continued..

    keep visiting..

    • Milind Kher
    • August 30th, 2008

    The sad truth is that Kashmir, which was once calleda Paradise on earth, has been almost transformed into a hell on earth.

    In all conflicts, women suffer. This is, of course, very unfortunate, but that is how it has always been. It is important for all of us to raise our voices against crimes against women.

    • Nimmy
    • August 30th, 2008

    @Milind..Sad but true..It happens bcoz nobody speaks for them..Women who speaks for them are sidetracked by being labelled as femenits.so,its men’s turn..Unfortunately,they aren’t doing much..How often do we see men criticizing such crimes..I didn’t say that none are doing it.But the singular voices are never heard..

    • Milind Kher
    • August 31st, 2008

    Nimmy,

    I am of the firm opinion that the world can progress only if women have a status in the eyes of men that God has granted them.

    The greatest feminist of all time was a man. He was none other than Muhammad Mustafa (SAWA), the Beloved Prophet.

    Two ahadith are unforgettable.

    “Paradise lies at the feet of mothers”

    “Best amongst you is he who is good to his wife”

    A woman who is good to her husband will be as close to the Holy Prophet (SAWA) as two fingers, a promise he never made to any husband who is good to his wife.

    So, see the staus of women and be happy!!

  2. Jammu and Kashmir is a tragedy. When you say, “Kashmir is place which is turning out to be goldmine for army and politicians. They need to ensure that the state of trouble remains the same, atleast for their life span as to make the most out of it for selfish motives…” it soundds cynical. But I can understand that. The tragedy is not the troubles, but the unwillingness to sort the mess out.

    Regarding abuse of women: in seemingly trouble-free areas they aren’t safe. One can only imagine in a place like Jammu and Kashmir.

    It defies me as to why we as a nation — though endowed with all cultural and intellectual greatness — are happy to wallow in problems and misery? Why can’t we just progress?

    • Nimmy
    • August 31st, 2008

    @Milind,very true..Prophet(pbuh) treated womenas jewels…educated them,talked to them directly,askerd men to treat women with respect..and lot more.. .But many of the followers of sunnah,are they treating women the way they deserve it?I know it is happening in all societies..But shouldn’t we lead the world by example..Maybe im living in fool’s paradise..

    • Milind Kher
    • August 31st, 2008

    Good treatment of women is the only hope that the Ummah has of improving and making progress. Remember, it is the hand that rocks the cradle that rules the world.

    The training that women give their children is critical in shaping their philosophy and destiny.

    • Nimmy
    • August 31st, 2008

    @Pradeep.true that I sonded like a saddist and pessimist..Maybe bcoz that is the way how I see things running around me..I pray for a better tommorow..

    “The tragedy is not the troubles, but the unwillingness to sort the mess out.”..very true..Your thought made me think..thanks..Do visit again.Good day..

    • Vineeth
    • September 1st, 2008

    You talked abt huge Indian Military contingent in Kasmir..dint hed vat forced them to srengthen wiith a larger force after 1989 ??

    Across the World wherever army has occupied a territory for longer time there has been murmuring abt Rapes and Human rights violation..

    But i feel the situation would have been even worse if its was any other national army other than Indian Army…i ve fair reasons to believe so..

    • Aam Insaan
    • September 2nd, 2008

    Nimmy,
    You have got it all wrong, Go check your source of information correctly, this place & all the happenings that you mentioning as kashmir is infact DARFUR & the armies name’s not the Indian army but it’s called JANJAWEED & it’s a unit of the Sudanese army & they love to hear the wisdom pouring from:
    Milind Kher’s ‘pious teachings’
    “firm opinion that the world can progress only if women have a status in the eyes of men that God has granted them”.

    & your compassion too and let me frame your sentence for them:-
    This is a propaganda for loyal soldiers who take the lives for the ‘noble cause’ . happily & truly, this holy war rape is happening in places like Darfur as has been the tradition for more than a thousand years.

    • Nimmy
    • September 2nd, 2008

    @Vineeth,…”has been murmuring abt Rapes and Human rights violation..”,maybe you are trying to imply that its all propaganda,not even true to ay extent?..Maybe you are right..I don’t know…

    • Nimmy
    • September 2nd, 2008

    @Aam Insaan,”This is a propaganda for loyal soldiers who take the lives for the ‘noble cause’ . happily & truly, this holy war rape is happening in places like Darfur as has been the tradition for more than a thousand years.”.Ok fine..Believe and delude as you like it..I guess you won’t chant the same as those people who torn open pregnant woman’s womb in Gujarat and said,”See what we can do to muslims”..uh??

    Wow,im simply amazed at some people’s hate and prejudice..Keep up the spirit..

    Good day to all

    • Milind Kher
    • September 2nd, 2008

    @Nimmy,

    There is no solution to hate and prejudice.

    It is important for us to keep being good.

    • Nimmy
    • September 3rd, 2008

    @Vineeth and Aam insaan,no offence meant,but i can’t stop wondering why do you find my soure of information,Human rights reports,Reports by Doctors Beyond Border” and like murmering and conspiracy..Can you pls quote the source from which you draw authentic data?

    • Aam Insaan
    • September 7th, 2008

    Nimmy, Huhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    No guts?? can’t digest constructive criticism? if not then stop this Hypocrisy!!! war/women/kashmir/blah..blah,, blah, Ridiculous!

    • Nimmy
    • September 7th, 2008

    lol..Aam Insaan,u r angry and frustrated..lol..I removed your last comment as it was really offensive..Asking people like Milind to consult a phycatrist,Is that waht you call ‘constructive criticism’..Lol..then I guess people here do not belonging to the superior class,of which you belong to.You are free to make productive discussion n comments..Yours is the first comment to get deleted in my blog,because it was a personal attack.Did you run out of valid points that you started attacking people personally?..In that case,You and not Milind need a phycatrist..

    • Aam Insaan
    • September 7th, 2008

    Ohhh! Nimmy, So my genuine concern of your ‘pious’, ‘holier than thou’ friend Milind hurt you?tch. whose life is it anyways. Sigh….

    I take back my comments of ‘guts’,’ ‘constructive criticism’, as I realize that you haven’t given any clear comments of any of my queries / valid points, as you just do not possess the IQ to respond to any & thus now out of sheer anger & frustration you have resorted to deleting them. , lol, HaHaHaHa – sound of the last laugh.

    • Nimmy
    • September 8th, 2008

    @Aam Insaan,yes,Im of lower IQ than yours..But I approved all your comments,except a one which was simply a worse insult..If I were

    thus now out of sheer anger & frustration you have resorted to deleting them.

    I could have not approved any of your comments.But I never ‘unapprove’-ed anybody’s comment..Well,I don’t have to give you an explanation.

    Lastly,

    So my genuine concern of your ‘pious’, ‘holier than thou’ friend Milind hurt you?tch

    People carry themselves in the manner they talk and behave,so its upto readers to see for themselves who is ‘holier’ and ‘pious’ 🙂

    This is my last chit chat comment to you..If you don’t have any work and feel bored,pls feel free to go and pick at somebody else,not me..Good day..

    P.S :I can’t stop wondering what makes you thinkng that im afraid to delete these comments… 🙄

    • Aam Insaan
    • September 8th, 2008

    Nimmy,
    Fear, Insecurity- compels you to delete my comments- BYE & thanks for everything.

    • Nimmy
    • September 8th, 2008

    @Aam Insaan,’fear’ of what?Fear of your bashing my faith..lol..I have been to much more than your comments..Afterall,you didn’t say offensive except a sinlg eone..In fact you were rasing many good points,that i told thanks for sharing your views and I learned form them…I don’t know where did you lose focus and started being angry..

    “insecurity”..about what?This is a petty blog and there is nothing to lose or gain,except some sharing of ideas..

    Let us not act like kids fighting for a piece of cake..

    Sorry for any hurtful comments from my side.

    • Aam Insaan
    • September 8th, 2008

    Nimmy,
    You have again got it all wrong, I never ever bash faiths & neither did I indulge in religious mudslinging matches on your blog,- ‘My faith to me & yours for you’.
    My reason to take on Milind is, as he has been cowardly shooting at me from your shoulder, so I took him head-on & give me a break on him, I have had an interaction with him & know exactly from which angle the milind types come from (sic) & I maybe all wrong about him, a rarest of the rare misjudgment, probably.
    Your articles though well written on the surface, do have beneath them the religious – political overtones & affinities when scratched, The well propagated & orchestrated ‘victim’ mentality syndrome from which arise all hypothetical fears & insecurities on which feed fat all self-proclaimed religious head of all religions who instead of sticking to their basic responsibilities, misuse their position for perverted power over ignorant masses, then in comes the politician hyenas with tits & bits help, as if doing a favour & not their duty, add to it the fundamental wolves crying foul etc. etc. & when educated & reasonable people knowingly – unknowingly sympathize with their cause for ideological or mostly perhaps for personal gains, then it take a dangerous & disturbing turn & the end result of all this has always been riots, civil wars & mayhem in which ultimately the Aam Insaan irrespective of religion, caste, creed or culture & is the ONLY sufferer whether in Gujarat/Orissa/Iraq/Afghanistan/Dafur/Palestine etc.& I believe you need no statistics to confirm this reality.
    The same reason why it hurts you of being labeled anti-national etc. for the action of a handful nuisance makers – is exactly what you are indulging in with regards to an impartial, non-political, disciplined Indian Army- you painting red the whole force for the action of a few miscreants, mind you I am not justifying any wrong doings, as it is the Army is supposed not to be used for internal state matters, but to defend boundaries against potential enemies & they are trained to kill & not for social law & order maintenances, nor do they have the power to issue orders or articulate draconian acts-they just obediently follow instructions from the civil society representatives duly elected by us who utilize their commitment to the nation for ulterior motives & to cover up their own failures , thus perceiving them as people from a certain religion or committing atrocities on their own accord is just not done, the ultimate fault in a democracy lies on the shoulder of it’s voters.
    Kashmir is too complex a situation to be solved in a simplistic manner. There is more to it than what meets the eye.

    • Nimmy
    • September 9th, 2008

    @Aam Insaan,

    The well propagated & orchestrated ‘victim’ mentality syndrome from which arise all hypothetical fears & insecurities on which feed fat all self-proclaimed religious head of all religions who instead of sticking to their basic responsibilities, misuse their position for perverted power over ignorant masses, then in comes the politician hyenas with tits & bits help, as if doing a favour & not their duty, add to it the fundamental wolves crying foul etc. etc. & when educated & reasonable people knowingly – unknowingly sympathize with their cause for ideological or mostly perhaps for personal gains, then it take a dangerous & disturbing turn & the end result of all this has always been riots, civil wars & mayhem in which ultimately the Aam Insaan irrespective of religion, caste, creed or culture & is the ONLY sufferer whether in Gujarat/Orissa/Iraq/Afghanistan/Dafur/Palestine etc.& I believe you need no statistics to confirm this reality.

    Very well put ..and yes I agree…Sympathizing will only help to pour oil in fire..But I never said fundies are right..In fact Im talking against them,against all fundies irrespective of religion…

    you painting red the whole force for the action of a few miscreants

    ,

    Dear friend,i never said so..Im a proud indian and rpoud of my army..pls read my last line of the post “Generalizing is injustice, but I never told that all soldiers are the same..”

    Kashmir is too complex a situation to be solved in a simplistic manner. There is more to it than what meets the eye.

    I agree,and i know very less to make any comments on that..

    Aaam Insaan,pls opt to stay and continue being a part of my blog..Good day:)

    • Javed
    • January 8th, 2010

    Nimmy if your work changes the mind of 1 person and does not commit the crime as is routine in Kashmir, u have already won.

    Long live KASHMIR.

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