Testimony of the mother of the girl from Handwara, at the center of killing by the Indian forces in Kashmir

Video Testimony of the mother of the girl who is at the center of the latest killing by the Indian forces in Kashmir. While releasing this video members of Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) were put into preventive detention. Please share the video with translation for wider audience. Wait for the video to load

” Our youth’s have been martyred. My daughter left for school early morning. The school closed at 3:30. She is 16 years old. She went to washroom on the way home. An India army man entered the bathroom. She screamed and the people and shopkeepers crowded around the place. The army man ran away. The youth reacted to this attack and police also came. My daughter was arrested. We knew nothing of this till then. The youth started pelting stones at the army and the police. Their Muslim sister was attacked, would they not do it? This is why the pelted stone. And the army fired and martyred the protestors. Are they not my sons? I am devastated by their killings. My daughter was arrested and the army man escaped. We know nothing since 5 days about our daughter. The army called us at 1 a.m. in the night of 12 April. They asked us to come and take our daughter home. Our daughter was alone when she was made to give testimony under force. There was no one with her, no family. You see she has been exposed in the video. Her face is there for all to see. Her testimony has been given under duress. We, her parents were called and asked to take her home. I sent my sister and her father but instead of releasing my daughter they were also detained. My daughter is under duress; she is innocent, only 16. She is just a child, and under custody. I want my daughter, my husband and my sister back. I have only received one phone call since they have been detained. I am on bed rest and cannot move around too much. I have back problems. It’s the 5th day today [of their detainment]. I am thankful to my Kashmiri community who protested to save my daughter. This should not happen to any other woman tomorrow. We have filed a case in court. Those who committed these murders should not investigate this case. How can murderers investigate? My daughter has been brought into disrepute by using her this way. They have maligned her. My daughter’s honor should be resurrected, she is everyone’s daughter, and our boys who have been martyred; their cases should be investigated. They are responsible for killing them.”



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