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SRINAGAR: Terming the Kunan and Poshpura mass rape incident as a war weapon in order to punish and intimidate people for demanding their political right to self determination, Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that rape as an instrument of terror and intimidation of communities continues to be used in J&K, as is seen in the shocking case of little Asifa from Kathua.

Addressing a mammoth gathering at historic Jama Masjid Srinagar Mirwaiz said it has been 27 years when in the twin villages of Kunan and Poshpura in Kupwara the most reprehensible crime against humanity, mass rape, was used as a war weapon against the women and girls in both the villages in order to punish and intimidate people for demanding their political right to self determination, adding, rape as an instrument of terror and intimidation of communities continues to be used in J&K, as is seen in the shocking case of little Asifa from Kathua. 

Mirwaiz said the evil act of raping a child is the most abhorrent act against all humanity. The beasts who did it, the two SPOs , not only raped 8 yr old little Asifa they drugged her and killed her . While confessing to it they said that they did it to intimidate the community to which she belonged. Mirwaiz said while such a crime shocks all humanity to numbness what is unbelievable is that anyone can support such beastliness by communalizing it for gaining political dividends! 

The APHC Chairman said surprisingly a Manch supported by communal forces has been formed, in support of those who have committed the beastly crime and are threatening the Gujjar community to which the innocent child belonged with dire consequences.  Mirwaiz appealed the people of Jammu, activists, humanists and justice loving people to stand with humanity and justice, adding, the silence of Indian civil society, writers, activists, humanist, leftist and all those who claim to be defenders of human rights is very sad and painful.