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DODA: From last several decades, a series of road accidents claimed hundreds of innocent lives in Chenab valley and its adjoining areas. Today Sumo accident over Dunadi Bunjwah KewaPull Kither road  in which one passenger was killed and other six were injured among which one is in critical condition, is in  the series of accidents that took place in Bunjwah area of Kishtwar district in Chenab valley. The reasons are not far to seek with regard to these accidents.

The deficient services has been leading to rash driving and worse condition of road resulting in accidents every now and then in Chenab valley. The passengers travelling in buses and other commuter services have lost their lives for no fault of theirs as they were just commuting on the roads as per their daily requirements. In most of the cases, accidents have been attributed to over-loading and bad condition of road. In some cases, the buses and other vehicles that have fallen into Chenab river have not been traced and the passengers also remained untraced for months together. Some of the bodies were sadly recovered from Chenab river tens of kilometers downstream after many weeks. The spate of accidents in the recent past were also caused by dilapidated road conditions and some of the roads are not traffic worthy just like Dunadi Bunjwah KewaPull Kither road that is a glaraing example of worse condition of road.

The Government and its agencies wake up to the situation only after some major accident has taken place. Otherwise, the Government agencies go into deep slumber after announcing half-hearted measures to check the number of accidents and promises to improve the road conditions as well as the commuter services. Everything is forgotten once the anger of the people goes off after a weeks or months. No Government in the past has bothered to improve the commuter services for the convenience of the people living in far flung areas when dependable and reliable transport operations totally are missing in  the chenab region.

Today accident on  Bunjwah road Near Nagni shows complete failure of concerned agencies including PWD R&B JK-PCC and PMGSY who failed in maintaining and restoration of roads from last two decades despite crores of rupees are withdrawn no name of " Dunadi Bunjwah , KewaPull Kither , Tipri Patnazi roads " that is the only one road link connecting Bunjwah with rest other regions of state. 

It is important to mention that on 05 Feb 2018 , a strong demonstration was observed by Youth Bunjwah and general public at Thathri regarding worse condition of Bunjwah road from Dunadi to Patnazi , where District Administration team headed by Tehsildar Headquarter Kishtwar Tanveer ul Haq , DySP Headquarter Kishtwar Nihar Ranjan and other officials assured that maintenance and restoration shall be started from next day of protest at an earliest . It's so unfortunate that 11 days have passed no suitable measures had been taken to maintain Bunjwah road and even Concerned departments failed to check out the condition of road during recent snowfall .

At that time if Government is sincere in avoiding these avoidable accidents, it must frame an action plan wherein all problems are studied and a solution is found for them. Thereafter, these should be implemented in letter and spirit otherwise accidents would continue to occur in Chenab Valley and particularly on Bunjwah road.

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Kashmir is the heaven, the best tourist destination, land of Sufis, pious earth for a section of people inhabiting in India, but for Kashmiris the hell, the big prison, blooded land, flush point between India and Pakistan and so on.  It is here in the state of Jammu and Kashmir that all mainstream political parties are been supported during and after elections. It is here, that Hurriyat Conference is been heard and followed by the people in letter and spirit. Killing of anybody whether Army men, Civilian, Militant, Police personal in the land of Jammu and Kashmir is strongly condemned by the common people of the valley irrespective of religion, region, caste, creed and color.  The people of the state supported three broad political ideologies and that is the reason chaos, unrest, disunity is prevailing and complete failure in getting results are clearly seen on the surface. The ideologies representing people are as under accordingly.

1.   Kashmir as an integral part of India.

2.   The Kashmir is a disputed territory and inhabitants need freedom from Indian occupation.

3.   Kashmir is a part of Pakistan. 

The confusion among the masses has always failed the goals of all the stakeholders concerned. People have unfurled the flags of India, China, Pakistan and Kashmir from time to time in the Valley, resulted complexity in finding the genuine political problem of the state. Sometimes people have opposed the terrorism and sometimes flags of ISIS were raised during public demonstrations. Lakhs of people came to streets in year 2010 during Kashmir unrest, in which hundreds of youth were killed, the billions of economic loss and Kashmir bandh for months. After math this all frenzy mess, Sorry to say that same people in thousands were seen in queues to support the main stream political parties during elections.  

The shutdown calls from time to time given by  Joint resistant leadership are been followed by the people, on contrary, the calls given by the government like restrictions in several areas under the jurisdiction of different police stations are also been followed by the same. The common people knows no language in Kashmir due to complete confusion and fear, knows only to follow the given programs of any side. Those people supporting Burhan Wani, Sabzar Bhat and others, want their own children’s to remain far away from the gun. One section of the people wants daily encounters between Militants and Security forces in South Kashmir but not like to happen same with them. Their houses and families should be safe but like to hear the annihilation of other houses and families in the valley.  The presence of militants in any village is communicated to the security forces by the inhabitants of the Kashmir. On the other side, one section of people put their lives on risk to save the Militants on encounter sites. The history is a testimony to the fact that we have changed our faces from time to time, we joined Militancy, we cheated them turn to Ikhwanis and created an environment of hostility in the entire state. 

Common Kashmiri is so helpless that outside state he has to prove that he is an Indian and inside state he has to prove accordingly that he is a freedom lover. Neither Indians are ready to accept common Kashmiri as Indian citizen nor do Leaders of different freedom factions accept common Kashmiri as freedom fighter. He is always been doubted and with suspicious eyes his activities are been monitored. We have produced police forces, Militants as well as informers; all are the sons of the same soil. Any militant, police men at contemporary is been martyred in any part of the valley is a Kashmiri. Here killers as well as killed both are freedom fighters and martyrs. The distinction between good and bad is a herculean matter to understand due to continuous uncertainty and chaos in the valley.

The encounters on daily basis have put the lives of every ordinary man in a great distress.The long drawn conflict in Kashmir is responsible for the stress and mental disorders among the people particularly youth.  Neither strategy nor progressive dialogues are gaining momentum to put a pause on the ongoing cycle of violence in the state. 

Every Kashmiri have a major responsibility to rationally pounder over the situation and duty bound to contribute its best for bringing peace and normalcy in the state. The peace process should be started in the valley between all stake holders concerned in keeping view the deteriorating situation in the state and hardships of the common masses. War begets war and love begets love. Need of an hour is to leave the path of violence and start a comprehensive dialogue , confidence building measures and constructive strategies with an intention to win the hearts and minds of the people, so that cycle of deaths can be comprehended and stopped for all times to come. The Kashmir is on fire and will engulf whole sub-continent into its ambit, if not resolved at earliest. Delay in finding the solution to the issue will only raise deaths and destructions. 

Syed Karar Hashmi ( Social Activist and Political Commentator from Central Kashmir Ganderbal. Author can be contacted on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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The world of modernity turning into world of wildness by witnessing increasing women insecurity incidents in general and little and school girls in particular, every day we receive news from different corners of gang rapes against womens whether it is Nirbhai case in India or Zainab in Pakistan. Zainab, a 7 years old girl, from Pakistan who was an innocent and not knowing that her life his filled with life lasting risks. She looks very innocent and her twinkling and innocent eyes with joyous thoughts could never had imagined that her future will be filled with cold blooded murder by a rapist. She was badly tortured as her body marks clearly witnessed congestion excessive accumulation in her muscles, and her tongue was badly contused and injured as it was pressed between her teeth.

There are so many untold and unheard stories when girls have got raped even by their parents, teachers or at working places. It is estimated that about 96% rape victims get unreported. But the question here is why the male folk is not showing a little bit sensitivity or responsibility to deal with these matters why male folk believing itself as rational being is turning into an evil doer beast? Womens are being victimized at domestic as well as school and working places which results which badly affects their different aspects of functioning and can be short-lived or chronic.

 As reported by The Time Spend news paper on October 18, 2015 that in past five years the number of rapes reported each year in Delhi has more than tripled over the last five years registering an increase of 277% from 572 in 2011 to 2,155 in 2016,. Rape is being used just to treat womens as an object of gratification and womens at every step feel themselves and their personal autonomy at risk. In Pakistan in 2002, 30 year old, Mukhtaran Bibi was raped on the orders of Village Council, (serving as a lower judiciary there) on the allegation of that his 12 year old brother had sexual relations with some women (here again the women has been made victim for the crime also done by male). The abuser are neighbors, teachers, relatives even at some cases their own parents, 90% of abusers known to victims but there are being threatened to share this with anyone and only 10% are strangers. 

The likelihood that a person suffers suicidal or depressive thoughts increases after sexual violence.

·         94% of women who are raped experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during the two weeks following the rape.

·         30% of women report symptoms of PTSD 9 months after the rape.

·         33% of women who are raped contemplate suicide.

·         13% of women who are raped attempt suicide.

·         Approximately 70% of rape or sexual assault victims experience moderate to severe distress, a larger percentage than for any other violent crime. 

 Womens survive but survives in the fear of incidents like this. The females face lot of social problems present in the society for which every male is responsible whether it is sexual harassment, rape, dowry deaths, spirit attacks and other such issues. So the question here is when the male folk should get mature and try to be accountable and to live a responsible life? When they will allow females to enjoy their own rights without any fear? Why some males feel that females are living on their mercy? When authorities will become accountable and responsible to ensure security of womens?

 What was the fault of Zainab? Why she couldn’t find the home streets safe to walk on? Only a seven years old girl who does not knows what is right and wrong, who never could have imagined that she will be the victim of these cruel and wild, insane wild beasts. The abuser  has been identified as her neighbor?

So I think the human soul should wake up to challenge and stop the crimes and war against womens. Rape as a weapon of war is a crime occurring on a massive global scale that has to be stopped. Not only does sexual violence in conflict lead to devastating physical and psychological ramifications for survivors, their families and communities, it is a severe human rights violation constituting an act of torture, a war crime and/or crime against humanity. The rape is definitely one of the major causes the keeps womens away from participating in decision making process.