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In every home, there is Asifa!

In every home, there is Asifa!

Shah Hussain I was in deep slumber until someone nudged my back. Amidst tears and cries, my eyes woke up to the beautiful yet strange world. Laughing faces, happy hearts and one emotional creature on my bed; Mother! She was grinning like a cheshire cat. With a twinkle in my eyes and a gentle smile […]

 Muhammad Daniyal

Asifa Bano Rape Case: Exposing the Hypocrisy of ‘Indian Liberals’

Asifa Bano Rape Case: Exposing the Hypocrisy of ‘Indian Liberals’

Asifa Bano was sedated, repeatedly raped and murdered in January of this year. For almost four months, the anger, protest and outpour were all confined to her home state of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly to the Kashmir region. This April there was an almost volcanic eruption of protests against the shameful crime amongst the liberal […]

 Abrar Reyaz

Contextualizing the politics of rape in Kashmir

Contextualizing the politics of rape in Kashmir

The horrific and gruesome abduction, gang rape and murder of an 8 year old child in Kathua district of Jammu, didn’t seem to bother and catch attention in mainland India for three months. Maintaining the criminal silence for three months, paving way for cover up in highlighting the case raises many questions. Suddenly, now, after […]

 Sheikh Saqib

Justice for Aasifa: A look at the events

Justice for Aasifa: A look at the events

On January 17, bruised body of a 9-year-old Muslim girl, Aasifa, was found in the forest near Rasana, Hiranagar, Jammu. The girl had been missing for a week. She had bite marks on her lips; nails of her hands had turned black. Her genitals had been brutally lamed. According to police, she had been abducted, […]

 Guest Author

Interview: Remembering Kunan Poshpora Mass Rape

Interview: Remembering Kunan Poshpora Mass Rape

He was the first government official to visit Kunan after the mass rape in 1991 and his report resulted in his immediate transfer. In a candid conversation with Saima Bhat, Syed Mohammad Yasin reveals details of the gruesome act.  Q1. Some people are accusing you of not speaking about the incident all these years. Your […]

 Guest Author

Do Not Forget – O’ My Countrymen

Do Not Forget – O’ My Countrymen

Now I’ve returned, The place, the country, Where my hope of life was snatched, ‘They call them security’ ‘They call them brave’ And those uniformed- Snatched me from myself! From January, So frightened I observe myself, To turn its page. As it witnessed my hopeless shrieks! The horror, the lived nightmare! It reminds me of. […]

 Guest Author

Zainab and Asifa: Living in Darker Times

Zainab and Asifa: Living in Darker Times

ASHRAF LONE We are living in darker times and these are turning more darker with each passing day. The killing of children in conflict zones like Kashmir, Palestine, Syria, Afghanistan is continuing with no stop to these. From 2008 onwards in Kashmir we have seen in popular uprisings, how children have been killed and blinded […]

 Guest Author

Islam as The Antidote to Rape Culture

Islam as The Antidote to Rape Culture

Raees Ahmed There is no denying the fact that women in our contemporary society find least respect and safety in every corner and institution. Men have put forth their greatest efforts and energy to harm these noble creatures. Rape and sexual harassment is the most cruel and vicious one. Man’s rapacity to dominate his counterpart […]