The book titled “Do You Remember Kunan-Poshpora” has been jointly written by five women – aged between 23 and 28 – Samreena Mushtaq, Ifrah Butt, Essar Batool, Natasha Manzoor and Munaza Rashid and has been published by Zubaan Publications.
Amid thundering claps and emotional scenes, the book was released by the survivors of the Kunan-Poshpora mass rape in presence of the authors and members of civil society, media, students and other dignitaries.
Lawyers and social workers by profession, the authors work voluntarily with a Srinagar-based human rights group the Kunan survivors. They say that the book is based on truth and was written irrespective of people’s opinion.
The book talks about reopening of the case, documents – the legal struggle faced by the survivors and the authors. Five of the women victims have died as the legal battle went on. The authors have written different chapters while being a part of the ongoing legal battle.
An interaction session was also conducted after the release of the book, which was moderated by a senior journalist. All the five authors talked in detail about their melee, enthusiasms and fears they put in to pen down the book. While narrating their experiences, the emotions were visible in the eyes of survivors as well as the participants. The authors said that the book was not written for acceptance.
“Truth is enunciated not keeping in mind its acceptance. Truth should be articulated especially when the other side has been disseminating lies. And when you are speaking the truth, confidence comes naturally,” said one of the authors while interacting with the participants.
Speaking on the occasion, Essar Batool, one of the authors, said that in Kashmir Valley, India had used rape as a weapon of war and to silence the victims as a tool to commit the heinous crime again and again.
Natasha Manzoor, another author, said that even in present time talking about rape was a stigma but the survivors had fought it repeatedly during the last two decades.
The book was earlier released at Jaipur literary festival where it became a topic of discussion.Follow @kmsnewz