Kashmir Indepth

World celebrates International women’s day: Kashmiri women face denial by Govt

Ishtiyaq Ahmad
Srinagar March 08 (KINS): As world celebrated international women’s day on Monday, Kashmiri women continue to face denial by the government.
This could be gauged that 18 months have passed since J&K Women’s Commission was disbanded following abrogation of Article 370, there is no platform for women where they can approach for justice.
“We have been totally neglected by the government. We are facing domestic violence but we have nowhere to go to seek justice,” Abida Jan, a 30-year-old woman from Budgam told news agency Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS).
“My husband would often beat me up. In June 2019 I also approached J&K Women’s Commission to seek justice but in August Article 370 was revoked and the commission was also disbanded,” she said, who is mother of two children.
These days she lives with her parents. “My parents are old. How long will I became burden on them. Who will take care of my children,” she asked.
There are hundreds of women like her who are facing domestic violence or sexual abuse but have no platform where they can seek the justice.
The women’s commission along with six other commissions was disbanded following abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.
The commission was created in April 1999 to investigate and examine matters relating to safeguards provided for women under the Indian Constitution and other laws.
International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. “How can we celebrate this day when nobody is bothered about our plight,” said another woman Sumaya Jan, a resident of Ganderbal. She too is the victim of the domestic violence.
Senior Supreme Court lawyer Vasundhara Pathak Masoodi, who remained last chairperson of J&K Women’s Commission that ceased to exist, said she continuous to receive complaints from victims of domestic violence and sexual harassment.
“Ever since the closure of Commission, my office has been receiving somewhere between 5-10 complaints in a month through calls, mails, personal messages and social media,” she told news agency KINS.
Asked about nature of complaints, she said, “The complaints vary in their nature as we not only received complaints against domestic violence but also against sexual harassment at work place, child abuse and gender based discrimination, medical negligence, etc.” (KINS)

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