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J&K: Anti-US protest against sexual abuse

Last Updated: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 22:05

Srinagar: A radical Kashmiri women`s group
held an anti-US protest against the imprisonment and
alleged sexual assault on Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui,
who is serving a prison term in an American jail.

Dukhtaran-e-Millat members led by its leader Aasiya
Andrabi raised anti-US slogans and burned an American flag to
protest against the alleged sexual abuse of the Pakistani born
scientist, who is serving 86 years prison-term in the country.

"Americans felt that Siddiqui was a threat to their
hegemonic designs because she was a Muslim scientist and that
is why they tagged her as a member of al Qaeda," Andrabi told
reporters here.

"Charges against Aafia were fabricated...She has been
sexually assaulted and is now pregnant. We cannot tolerate
this," she said.

Aafia, a Pakistani woman neuro-scientist was convicted of
trying to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan and was
sentenced to 86-year in prison by an American court last year.

Recent media reports have quoted Aafia`s sister as saying
that she has "contracted cancer" and allegedly became pregnant
as a result of sexual abuse during her confinement in the
American prison.

Andrabi said if Aafia cannot be released, she should at
least be transferred to a Pakistani jail.


First Published: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 22:05
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