Srinagar: “Kashmiri brides not for sale”. “Why downgrade Jammu and Kashmir state” read some of the placards protesting women in Srinagar were carrying.
About two dozen Kashmiri women led by former chief minister Farooq Abdullah’s sister, Suraiya and daughter Safiya protested at Srinagar’s Partap Park today against the scrapping of Article 370 and 35A.
“We, the women of Kashmir, disapprove the unilateral decision taken by the government of India to revoke article 370 and downgrade the state of Jammu and Kashmir”, a statement issued by the protesting women said. “We feel betrayed, humiliated and violated, as people, we demand the restoration of civil liberties and fundamental rights of civilians. We demand the demilitarisation of rural and urban areas. We demand the immediate release of detainees. We express outrage against national media for their false and misleading coverage of ground realities in Kashmir”.
The police detained the protestors.
“We want to know the fate of detained Kashmiris”, said Muslim Jan, one of the protesting women.
“The government of India is telling the world that Kashmiris are happy, but we are not happy”, said Hawa Bashir, another protestor.
A PSA slapped against Farooq’s Abdullah whose resides at G-40, at Srinagar’s posh Gupkar Road has been converted into a sub-jail. Justifying the slapping of PSA against Farooq Abdullah the J&K administration said he has ‘tremendous potential to create public disorder in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley’.
Farooq’s son and former chief minister, Omar Abdullah is also detained in Srinagar. His brother and senior national conference Mustafa Kamal has been put under house arrest.