Women most vul­ner­a­ble sec­tion of so­ci­ety in held Kash­mir

Pakistan Observer - - 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

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