Political activist Shehla Rashid has reacted to the controversy surrounding her comments on the ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Shehla Rashid defended her claims about alleged human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir and hit back at those who accused her of “spreading fake news”. She also called for a “fair and impartial” probe to be held into the allegations made by her.
Shehla Rashid on Sunday had claimed that the Indian Army was indiscriminately picking up men, raiding houses and torturing people in Jammu and Kashmir.
Reacting to demands that she be arrested for her claims, Shehla Rashid said such demands should not prove to be a distraction from the ground situation in Kashmir.
Rashid claimed human rights abuses are being carried out in Kashmir to serve the agenda of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
“Don’t let the topic of my arrest divert your attention from the human rights abuse going on in Kashmir right now. These abuses are not in the service of the nation, but in service of the ruling party’s political agenda,” Shehla Rashid wrote on Twitter.
“I am an ordinary Kashmiri. In these times, getting merely arrested is a privilege. A 65-year-old man in Srinagar died because he choked on pepper gas being used by the police. A 17-year-old boy was the first documented victim of the current crisis. What is an arrest compared to it?” Shehla Rashid said.
Defending the allegations made by her, Shehla Rashid said that all her tweets were made on the basis of conversations with people on the ground.
Despite the Army’s denial of her claims, Shehla Rashid called for a “fair and impartial probe” into the incidents she had mentioned.