J&K: Anti-US protest against sexual abuse

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.