Indian troops in IIOJK use rape to punish communities: Pakistan

United Nations, October 22 (KMS): At UN, Pakistan has said that there was documented evidence that Indian occupation forces in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir use rape as a means of targeting the Kashmiri women, whom they often accuse of being sympathizers of freedom fighters.

This was stated by the Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Munir Akram in a statement submitted to the UN Security Council, which held a debate on women, peace and security on Thursday.

He reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for the full and equal participation of women in the UN peacemaking, conflict prevention and peace-building efforts, and called for protecting females in situations of conflict and foreign occupation.

“Women and girls in these situations are extremely vulnerable to sexual violence, including the use of rape as a weapon of war,” Ambassador Munir Akram said in the statement.

In perpetrating rape and sexual violence, Ambassador Akram pointed out, the Indian occupational forces aim to inflict punishment and humiliation on the entire community. “This is corroborated by the two reports of 2018 and 2019 of the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, the international media and human rights organizations,” he said.

In his remarks, the Pakistani envoy also emphasized that women must facilitate the Security Council in addressing the root causes of conflict and in creating an enabling environment for them to rise to their fullest potential to contribute to peace.

“This could be achieved by protecting women against all types of violence,” Ambassador Akram added. KMS—21M