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Uzma Falak

Kashmir Mass-Rape Survivors Struggle as Kafkaesque Justice Reigns

[Protesters at India Gate in Delhi demanding the government to take action after the 2012 New Delhi gang rape. Image by Ramesh Lalwani]

Twenty-two years and six months is probably enough time for India to think it has policed memories and fostered institutionalized forgetfulness in Indian-administered Kashmir. But such efforts have proven counterproductive. On the wintry night of 23-24 February 1991, an Indian Army unit systematically executed a mass-rape in Kunan and Poshpora villages in north Kashmir’s Kupwara region. The Army cordoned the villages, forced the men out of their houses and then took ...

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