Women most vulnerable section of society in held Kashmir
SRINAGAR—In occupied Kashmir, continued presence of tens of thousands of Indian troops for the past many decades has had its long-term adverse effects, both psychological and physical, on every section of Kashmiri society, but the womenfolk turned out to be the most vulnerable segment in the territory.
This has been said by a 2015 research paper titled ‘Kashmiri Women: Vulnerable section of a society’ published in the International Journal of Social Science and Management.
The researchers Irshad Ahmad Irshad and Mukhtar Ahmad Dar said that the women in Kashmir had suffered socially, academically, and above all sexually during the last over two and a half decades. “In Kashmir, a war crushed region, women have been experiencing extra hardships due to stress and after effects of war and infertility,” the research says.
Out of the 112 women surveyed, around 65-70% suffered from psychiatric illnesses such as depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The paper maintains that many women have been raped during the last two de- cades but the culprits have remained scot free. “1336 rape cases have been registered since 2006 in Jammu and Kashmir but the authorities have been unsuccessful to punish the culprits.
Many rape cases have not been registered due to the fright of reprisals besides having trust deficit,” it says. The paper makes a special mention about the mass rape of Kunanposhpora. Kashmiri Women’s Initiative for Peace and Disarmament (KWIPD) in its study carried out in 1994 had reported that for three years after the incident of Kunanposhpora in Kupwara district on 23 February 1991.—KMS