JK News Today
Jammu, March 09
Here is a point to ponder , where was Jammu and Kashmir’s first woman Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti when the world celebrating International Women’s Day on Wednesday . No one has any clue as to what she was thinking and doing on this all important day for women all across the world .
Mehbooba Mufti, who had long identified herself with the suffering of the women population of the state, particularly that of the Kashmir Valley who have been suffering atrocities, harassment and humiliation now for almost three decades .
Mehbooba Mufti who has risen from being an ordinary girl to the most sought after woman leader , is one among them . She had suffered immeasurable pain of wait for the return of her sister Rubiya Syeed from the captivity of militants in December 1989 . That was the time when her father was India’s Home Minister .
Her political, emotional and social strength came from her solidarity with the women of Kashmir . She spoke and spoke very loudly with a discernable passion for them . Who can forget when in June 2009 , she ventured into Shopian where two girls were allegedly abducted and murdered.
The mystery about the exact nature of their death is not known as yet, despite the CBI having concluded that the duo had died of injuries received by the stones of Shopian river having rapids of its own . Those were comparable only to the rapids of Lidder river of Pahalgam.
What made her to remain silent on March 8, 2017, when the global fora were speaking for the trouble and tortures that the women all over the nations were undergoing from Syrian refugees to the 18th century living conditions of theirs I Afghanistan .
Closer home, India is having one of the worst records of atrocities against women. Delhi has earned the despicable title of “rape capital of the country.” The “Nirbhya” signifying instead of victim and the support for her as resistance , has become a table of multiplication of rapes . This is another name for fear which has gripped the women folk in the union capital, while there are reports of honour killings almost on a regular basis . These sad chapters are visible in Kashmir in a different manner . Did any one notice that almost daily there are reports of girls committing suicides, and the investigation launched into all such cases have drawn blank.
Few extraordinary successes do not , and cannot hide the hideous reality of the women folk in Jammu and Kashmir. They are treated as sexual slaves in society , the incidents of domestic violence against them , and marital discord were on an alarming rise .
This was the time when Mehbooba Mufti should have spoken in solidarity with her gender . Since she opted for silence on Women’s Day, it is beyond any reasoning and understanding of the womenfolk who had pinned their hopes on her as the top leader of the state.