Kashmiri lawyers boycott court over Indian rape-coverup
Kashmiri lawyers boycotted of court proceedings to press their demand for an international probe into raping and killing of the women by Indian troops.
Kashmiri lawyers observed on Wednesday a total boycott of court proceedings to press their demand for an international probe into raping and killing of the women in Shopian by Indian troops.
The deaths of Neelofar Jan, 22, and her sister-in-law, 17-year-old Asiya Jan, in May had sparked protests in the disputed Himalayan region. Locals said they had been sexually abused and killed by the security forces.
Four police officers were later arrested on charges of suppressing and destroying evidence in the case. The officers were freed in September, a move that further angered residents.
Mass rallies and outbreaks of violence shook the region in May after the bodies were found in southern Shopian town.
The CBI acquitted four police officiers arrested earlier for destroying evidence.
Kashmir Media Service quoted the head of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association, Mian Abdul Qayoom, as saying that "The judiciary in the occupied territory had become subservient to New Delhi rulers and was not expected to deliver justice in the Shopian case."
"The report compiled by India's Central Bureau of Investigation was aimed at shielding the involved Indian troops," the report quoted him as saying.
Kashmiris see India as an "occupier" and accuse the ruling of systematic violations, killing dozens of civilians in Himalayan region.
Indian security forces have been accused in the past of human rights violations, including rape and extrajudicial killings.
Authorities deny any systematic violations and say all reports are investigated and the guilty punished.
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