Ultras Tonsure Heads Of Four Doda Women
4 September 2004
The Hindustan Times
Jammu: In a macabre incident, militants tonsured heads of four young women in a village in Gandoh in Doda district recently, before they were rescued by security forces after their 24-hour ordeal. Militants pounced on four young women in their twenties in Chinyas village on August 16 when they were grazing cattle. They were physically assaulted and their heads were shaved as the militants suspected them to the 'informers' for security forces. The militants became suspicious due to the presence of a security picked near the house of one of the four victims - Naseema Bano. The other three are Munira Bano, Nasreena Begum and Shabina. According to the victims, they were tortured, assaulted and bitten by the terrorists. The following morning, Rashtriya Rifles personnel launched an operation and rescued the victims. The four women are currently under the protection of security forces in their village. Terrorists have been killing, raping and harassing women in the Valley. Mariam Begum's is a case in point. She was kept hostage for three weeks, raped throughout her period of captivity and let off but not before her ears and nose were chopped off. Mariam's fault: her brother Hamid had given up militancy and arms to join the mainstream.