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Women activists including sister, daughter of Farooq Abdullah detained during protest

The police also tried to stop the protesting women from making a statement to the the media covering the protest

By PTI in Srinagar
  • Published 15.10.19, 1:55 PM
  • Updated 15.10.19, 4:27 PM
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In this file picture taken on Friday, October 4, 2019, Kashmiris shout slogans during a protest after Friday prayers against the abrogation of provisions under Article 370, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Kashmir. PTI

The police on Tuesday detained half a dozen women activists, including the sister and daughter of former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, during a march to protest against abrogation of provisions of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, officials said.

Abdullah's sister Suraiya and his daughter Safiya, who were leading a group of women activists, were detained by the police.

Wearing black arm bands and holding placards, the women protesters were not allowed by the police personnel to assemble and were asked to disperse peacefully.

However, the protesters refused to disperse and tried to stage a sit-in and the women CRPF personnel rounded them into police vehicles.

The police also tried to stop the protesting women from making a statement to the the media covering the protest.

"We the women of Kashmir disapprove the unilateral decision taken by the government of India to revoke Article 370 and 35A, and downgrade and split the state of Jammu and Kashmir," the statement said.

Demanding restoration of civil liberties and fundamental rights of the citizens, the women said they feel "betrayed, humiliated and violated as people."

They also demanded immediate release of detainees and demilitarization of rural and urban areas.

"We express our outrage against the national media for their false/misleading coverage of ground realities in Kashmir," the statement added.