A year-old student who usually lives in Kerala, Javed had returned home to spend Eid with her relatives. But instead of celebrating, she found herself caged in while outside, armed Indian paramilitary forces manned largely empty streets. A few civilians negotiated with troops to allow them to cross razor wire coils laid across the road. Javed was particularly worried about a female friend who lives close by, who she had not heard from in over a week. They need to go to get bread and other daily necessities.
For Some in Kashmir Marriage Equates to Sexual Slavery
For Some in Kashmir Marriage Equates to Sexual Slavery - Spare Change News
The self-described Islamic State IS uses violation of women as a tool to govern, hold territory and fund its operation. Women are captured by this militant group and auctioned off or promised to upcoming recruits. In some rare cases they are rescued by a heroic group of lawyers and activists, but by and large, this system of sex slavery is a gruesome reality for thousands of young women. This malaise has spread across regions that were in control of the Islamic State IS.
‘Kashmir women are the biggest victims of this inhumane siege’
Haseena Akhtar was only 13 when an agent told her parents that they could earn a good amount of money by letting her marry a Kashmiri man. So they let their year-old daughter go with the agent. Akhtar, who is now 20, ended up here in Kashmir — a landlocked northern region of India caught in the grip of violence and conflict over the past 30 years.
The Kashmir Conflict has been characterized by large scale usage of sexual violence by multiple belligerents since its inception. Mass rapes were carried out by Dogra troops as well as Hindu and Sikh mobs,   and by Pakistani invaders when the conflict broke out in , including the Mirpur Massacre. Numerous scholars and human rights agencies assert that since the onset of the insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir in , rape has been leveraged as a 'weapon of war' by Indian security forces comprising the Indian Army ,  Central Reserve Police Force CRPF and Border Security personnel.