Two Kashmiri Women Expose India’s Notorious Tihar Jail at UN where India’s occupation army incarcerates Kashmiri Women
By Our Special Correspondent
GENEVA—For the first time at the United Nations in Geneva, two women activists from Kashmir exposed India’s notorious Tihar jail, where India’s occupation army incarcerates ordinary Kashmiris.
Zamarud Habib, famous as Prisoner No. 100, who was jailed in Tihar for five years, joined diplomats and rights activists via Internet from Srinagar to tell her story. Another activist, Masooda Parveen, who is fighting a legal battle against the military in Indian courts, gave an account of how the Indian legal process is one tool that Kashmiris are trying to use to expose Indian military crimes in Kashmir.
The two activists spoke at an event focused on Kashmir and Palestine, sponsored by International Muslim Women’s Union, the Ariel Foundation International, and Ariana-Leilani Children’s Foundation.
Before the event began on Tuesday, pamphlets were distributed inside the UN building that briefly told the story of the two Kashmiri women. One flyer was titled, ‘Prisoner No. 100: One Woman Against an Army’. The other flyer read, ‘Masooda’s Unending Fight For Justice.’
Mrs. Shamim Shawl, the moderator of the event, assisted the two Kashmiri women in addressing the UN gathering through Internet.
She made an impassioned appeal to the diplomats from the Permanent Missions to the UN and to human rights activists who attended the event, to raise the question of India’s military occupation, and asked those who supported an end to the occupation to join her for a group photo, and a large number of diplomats and activists obliged.
In her address, Kashmir delegation member Shagufta Ashraf said, ‘It is an irony that the world’s largest democracy is also responsible for the world’s largest military occupation.’ She went on to explain how Kashmir’s younger generation suffered under Indian military occupation.
Daniela Donges, from the Geneva International Center for Justice, compared Kashmir to Palestine and showed videos depicting Israeli army treatment of children.