October 2003 News

Pakistan asks UN to help women in IHK

30 October 2003
The Daily Times

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has asked the international community to provide help and compensation to destitute women in Kashmir.In an open Security Council debate on women, peace and security, Pakistan's envoy to the United Nations Munir Akram urged the world body and non-government organisations to prepare a survey of the number of destitute Kashmiri women. He called on international humanitarian agencies, especially the Red Cross, to act as 'the instrument and avenue for such relief distribution'. 'Political considerations should not stand in the way of international humanitarian agencies responding to the plight of Kashmiri women and children suffering from a long and bloody conflict in their homeland,' Mr Akram said.'The Indian Army uses rape in this deeply conservative society as a weapon to punish, intimidate, coerce, humiliate or degrade,' he said, adding those who needed help included 'women who have been widowed or whose husbands have been maimed or disappeared in arbitrary detention'. - APP


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