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Horror stories unfolding in militarized Kashmir
By Humra Quraishi
For several minutes at a stretch I continued gazing at that photograph of Farooq Ahmad Dar tied to a military jeep, driven in that tied condition the entire day, across the various villages in the Kashmir Valley. It gets difficult to describe the emotions that hit…I couldn't control the flow of tears as I kept imagining what a horrifying experience it must have been for that young man. If I were a documentary film maker or a publisher I would have captured his narrative which could be a documentation of what a hapless Kashmiri goes through, day after day.

Mind you, 26 year old Farooq Ahmad Dar isn't a terrorist. He isn't even a stone-pelter, nor a word -pelter. On the contrary, he is what can be termed a 'good citizen'. After all, that very morning he had spent queuing up outside the polling booth at Arizal's Chill Bras area to cast his vote for the Lok Sabha by-polls for the Srinagar constituency. And after casting his vote he took off on his motorcycle, to his sister's home as there had been a death in the family. And its then, whilst he was driving his motorcycle he was not just stopped by the army personnel but pulled off from his bike and tied to their jeep and then what followed was nothing but horrifying. And though this young man kept telling them that he wasn't a 'terrorist ', but a shawl artisan and had just voted at booth number 90 of the Chill village and even showed them the indelible ink mark on his finger. But nothing could stop the brutality unleashed on him. Its his luck that he wasn't killed or blinded by the army personnel. With his phiran in tatters and bruises on his body he was finally let off from the Rashtriya Rifles camp after the village elders pleaded for his release.

With revolt peaking in the Valley, its time to re-think of using the military boot to suppress human sentiments and emotions. Political dialogue should get started immediately because only a political solution will settle the mess that has been compounded by tortures and humiliations and brutalities unleashed on a hapless population on a daily basis.

Whilst keying in I'm reminded of what the former DGP who had been earlier posted in the Punjab during that turbulent phase that the State had gone through, Kirpal Dhillon, told the audience this winter during an interactive session at the World Book Fair …he said that the military is trained to attack and kill the enemy and so military should not be deployed in the Kashmir Valley. It is not for the military to be there!

THE DUBIOUS 'CONCERN' of the BJP- RSS FOR THE MUSLIM WOMEN!

Shocking to see the BJP - RSS concern for the Muslim women of the country. The way they are playing up the 'triple talaq' issue reeks of political agenda of the most dubious sorts. Foremost, triple talaq is un - Quranic and with that un - Islamic, so it isn't a religious issue but more along the social strains. If a community is going through severe crisis on every possible front then social ills are bound to creep in.

It's a reality that the Muslim community in today's political scenario is treated worse than the Dalits. Facts and figures prove that they deprived on varying fronts. Compounding the mess the Hindutva forces in governance are making sure that more Muslim men and young boys sit jobless and under threats of the worst sorts. Hundreds of innocent Muslim men are languishing in jails and prisons of the country. Yes, I would call them innocent as they are dumped as under trails so technically innocent.

Won't these worsening conditions have a trickledown effect on the social spheres? Of course, it will. All sorts of ills are bound to hit the very existence of this community.

The same set of the BJP- rulers who come up with concern for Muslim women should go on a road show to Rajasthan and see to it that the murderers of Pehlu Khan are arrested and charged with murder! Till date all the accused are not arrested and there seems little political will to do so. After all, the BJP rulers will see to it that men from the varying Hindutva brigades who killed Pehlu Khan are made to go scot free…And these same BJP rulers have done little arrest rapists and kidnappers of Muslim women during the 2002 Gujarat pogrom and also during the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013 and in the other riotous conditions where goons from the Hindutva brigades target the Muslim community.

On one hand Hindutva rulers and the brigades under their direct control kill and hound and rape, and then come up with these fake and dubious promises of a this or that!

Triple talaq is a social disaster and the Muslim community should reach out to the affected women. Halt these so called divorces and also see to that affected women and their children are given the due maintenance and shelter.

SONU NIGAM, MY SYMPATHIES FOR YOU …FOR YOUR FADING CAREER!

Earlier it was singer Abhijeet who same came up with communal comments and now it is Sonu Nigam's communal unleash. Both these men have one thing in common : fading and sinking singing careers and they use or rather mi-use the social media to grab attention by all these ploys … In these dark and murky times its become fashionable for third -class sadists and perverts to attack the Muslims and Muslim community!

(Humra Quraishi is a freelance columnist based in Delhi and is currently a visiting Professor in the Academy of Third World Studies in Jamia Milia University).


News Updated at : Wednesday, April 19, 2017
 
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