By Special Correspondent
(London) Lord Nazir Ahmed member of British House of Lords asked the British Government to hold an independent enquiry into the rape in Indian administered Kashmir. While speaking in the House of Lords he said:
“This morning the noble Baroness spoke about the international conference being held in London this week regarding sexual violence as a tool of humiliation in war zones (End Sexual Violence Global Summit 2014). I therefore ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would support an independent inquiry into rape in Indian-administered Kashmir since 1997. Thousands of youths have been killed in fake encounters and extra-judicial actions, many of which have been listed by the International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-administered Kashmir in a report about unmarked graves.
He further said: “The BJP has committed to abolishing Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which gives special status to Kashmir due to the commitments made by India to the United Nations Security Council that a free, fair and impartial plebiscite would be held”.
Lord Ahmed told the members of Lords that: “The BJP’s manifesto commitment to abolish Article 370 is a clear provocation against the rights of the Kashmiri people that will result in further bloodshed, tension along the line of control, and possible threats of nuclear war between India and Pakistan. More than 100,000 people have already been killed and tens of thousands of women have been raped”.
India did not attend four days ‘End Sexual Violence Global Summit 2014’ according to the list of countries produced by the FCO. The Sikh Widows Group attended the summit. Thousands are still missing persons as a result of India’s 10 years long brutal operation against Sikhs from 1984 to 1994.