Kashmir Council Europe To Host “A Woman’s Battle In Conflict Zones” Conference at European Parliament

London: A conference titled, “PTSD: A WOMAN’S BATTLE IN CONFLICT ZONES” would be held at European Parliament on March 8 in Brussels on the International Women’s Day.

The conference would be organized by Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU) with the support of MEPs, Wajid Khan, Julie Ward and Dr. Sajjad Karim, according to APP reports.

The conference is part of an awareness campaign of Kashmir Council EU for rememorizing a 27-year Old tragic incident when Indian forces allegedly molested and raped women during a counter-insurgency operation in the twin villages of Kunan and Poshpora in 1991.

Every year since 2014, 23rd February is commemorated as Kashmiri Women’s Resistance Day, inspired by the struggles of the survivors of the mass rape and torture in the twin Kashmiri villages of Kunan and Poshpora.

The conference will explore the need for mental health counselling and therapy for women suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of trauma (such as rape, abuse, etc.). Mental health disorders and psychosocial problems arising from conflict need to be addressed as part of post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation efforts, the statement said.

In a statement, Chairman Kashmir Council EU Ali Raza Syed called upon the international community to pressurize India in order to strictly punish its security personnel involved in human rights violations specially culprits of the 27-year old mass-rape incident of Kunan-Poshpora villages in Kashmir.

Kashmir Council EU launched a two-week campaign on Friday, 23rd February 2018 for rememorizing ruthless 27-year old forgotten incident of Kunan Poshpora in Kupwara district of North Kashmir. Mr Ali Raza Syed said, beside this terrible episode, there are thousands of women in Kashmir who are waiting for their husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers forcibly disappeared by Indian forces.

He pledged the Kashmir Council EU’s support for human rights including women rights in Kashmir and urged that human rights violations in Kashmir should be stopped. APP/ahr/maj

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