A former General of the Indian Army was slammed by social media users for his highly uncalled for remarks about Kashmir women.
In a video that is doing the rounds on social media for the past few days, Major General (R) SP Sinha, who is now a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), can be seen vociferously advocating war crimes during a TV programme.
In the video, the General is heard asking the Indian forces’ personnel for the rape and killing of women in occupied Kashmir
The social media users said the retired General is openly supporting rape of Kashmiri women and lamented that such kind of filthy officers are protected under draconian law like Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
Meanwhile, for the first time in almost half a century, a US Congressional panel also endorsed the Kashmiri demand for the right of self-determination.
Kashmiris have a right to self-determination. The Kashmir dispute is an international issue. The UN has a role in Kashmir. UN observers and international journalists should be allowed into the Indian occupied valley. All those detained by the Indian authorities should be released. The communication ban should be removed immediately.
These are the demands that are made at every gathering of Kashmir and Pakistani Americans in Washington since Aug 5, when India took away the valley’s autonomy and annexed it with the union.
But this time it was different. This was neither a Kashmiri or a Pakistani forum. It’s a US congressional panel — The Tom Lantos Commission for Human Rights.
In a question facilitated by US Representative James McGovern, all the witnesses agreed that the UN and international journalists should be allowed into Kashmir, and that the current ban on communication should be lifted.
“We can never give up on standing for the principle that people have a right to their own self-determination,” said the panel’s chairman James McGovern when a pro-Indian panelist urged the Congressional body not to support the demand for plebiscite, as it will never happen.
Meanwhile, in occupied valley, the increasing chill after fresh rains and snowfall has added to the miseries of the besieged Kashmiri people who have already been suffering immensely due to strict military siege and curfew on 106th consecutive day.
India’s Information and Broadcasting Ministry has asked cable operators of the IoK not to air any channel from Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Malaysia.
The directions were passed during a long meeting held between a senior official of the Ministry Vikram Sahay and the operators in Srinagar on Sunday. The cable operators were reportedly instructed to block the channels from these hostile Muslim countries.