The excerpt from Freny Manecksha’s book Behold I Shine breaks silence on rape of Gujjar women at the hands of Indian armed forces and how similar patterns of fear, coercion and impunity are employed to silence the victims.
This excerpt from the book unearths the buried and lesser-known facts of the case, relying on the case diary submitted by J&K Police before Judicial Magistrate Kupwara, SHRC statements and decision, statements given by the survivors of mass rape and survivors of torture to a research team from Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) and Support Group for Justice for Kunan Poshpora (SGKP) in August 2013, and the authors personal interactions with the victims.
The trouble with turning a poet into a spokesperson for any cause is that it is bound to be restrictive in its very attempt. The assertion of his Kashmiri identity is a negation, or at least a muted silencing of other identities. It is true that Agha Shahid Ali is a Kashmiri poet, but there are several other Agha Shahid Alis. Who, then, are the other Agha Shahid Alis? asks Souradeep Roy