[WATCH] Do You Remember Konan Poshpora? :Interview by Video Volunteers
The young authors have recorded details of the atrocious sexual violence suffered by women and even talk about the sexual violence the men underwent – something that has scarcely been talked about or documented. “We have carefully gone through police reports and legal documents like statements of army officials, women and medical reports to compile a complete picture of what happened that night,” says Munazza, co-author. The army has constantly denied that the incident ever took place and the courts have left the case in lurch stating that evidence and reports were insufficient in stating anything. An investigative report by Press Council of India, statutory body in India that governs the conduct of the print media termed the incident as “a massive hoax, orchestrated by militant groups and their sympathizers and mentors in Kashmir and abroad as part of a sustained and cleverly contrived strategy of psychological warfare.”
The journey of writing the book has been a journey for the writers as they interacted with the people of Kunan and Poshpora for the project. At the start of the project they had gone with a notion that the survivors were sufferers of the injustice that had been mete out to them. “In reality they are fighters. They have single-handedly raged a battle against the state because they don’t want anyone else to go through the ordeal they were put through. Their unity will simply surprise you,” says Essar Batool, co-author.
The book attempts to explain both the army’s role in Kashmir and of gender. But more so, an attempt is made to explain how patriarchy uses a woman’s body to subjugate a society.
This video interview was filmed by Sajad Rasool. He is the state co-ordinator of the Jammu and Kashmir chapter of Video Volunteers and in overall charge of Kashmir Unheard programme. Sajad is a journalist dissatisfied with his work in the mainstream media who feels that it is only through community media that he will be able to bring out the real stories from Kashmir and address the lack of vision, rife corruption and zero accountability within the system.