Prostitution in Kashmir has a history of it’s own. The Dogras supported and encouraged it officially as it brought them the much needed money in the form of tax. The Dogra’s taxed everything in Kashmir. They were unable to form a mechanism for taxing breathing otherwise they would have done so as well. Karan Singh, is the descendant of the Dogra kings of Kashmir, and was the Sadr-e-Riyasat as well. He probably owes an apology to Kashmiris, but never mind we are a tolerant people.
A s.e.x racket, whose investigations were revealed to the press, has shook the valley for the past one week. According to reports politicians, police, BSF and top businessmen are involved in this s.e.x scandal. The names of the girls involved have been revealed but not of those in power. Protests from all quarters has shaken the administration. The political parties in power, political parties without power, separatists, social groups, citizens, lawyers and even bollywood has demanded answers from the government as well as a thorough probe. The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has handed over the case to the federal investigation agency of India, the Central Bureau of Investigations, but has not revealed names. This has satisfied none.
According to reports nine ministers of the previous coalition government figured in the 2004 investigations and Mufti Sayeed personally intervened to save his government. I am awaiting for the names to be revealed as that would, at least, bring to light the truth about the PDP and Mehbooba Mufti – who claims to be the voice of the hapless Kashmiri women. Voice or an abuser? time will answer my friend.
The government does not care about the poor girls who have been drugged and dragged into this s.e.x-for-favours racket but is trying it’s best to hide the names of those who are guilty of the crime.
The drama continues, the moral police of Kashmir ( a little known organisation called Al Madina Regiment) has demanded that all cable operators stop broadcasting cable TV channels. They claim that the cable TV is the ‘reason’ for all the ills of the Kashmiri society. If cable TV really is a tool the government is using to spread ills, the government could air for free all cable channels! While there are cable channels which, without doubt, have an effect on the people but banning it is a stupidity. Those involved rarely are effected by bans on cable television. Those who seek dirt will always do so. They will innovate ways to satiate their hunger. They will be even more careful. They have ways, money and methods to achieve their desires. It is the Kashmiri, devoid of any entertainment, who will suffer. TV is the only entertainment he has and snatching it away from him is inhumanity. But Al Madina has to become famous and known and what could be a better way!
A twist: DeM has claimed that the threats to the cable operators are being issued by the Government to divert the attention of the people. Hizbul Mujahideen has also claimed so, and in the same statement HM has appealed the militant organisations to lift he ban!?
More twists: According to news reports two Pakistan based outfits have identified locations were s.e.x ring operators are active. They have threatened the s.e.x ring operators of dire consequences if they do not mend their ways. These militant groups would have known about the presence of the s.e.x rings earlier as well, why didn’t they act then? Why now? Why act only when everybody is demanding answers? It appears that these organisations are simply cashing on the popular sentiment and trying to look like good guys. They seem to be least bothered about the presence of such brothels, if they were, they would have taken some action as and when such s.e.x-rings came into their notice.
I think that a week or so from now, Dukhtran e Millat will issue dress code warnings. They will command women to wear a proper Islamic dress. They will claim that this waywardness in our society is because of the absence of the dress code. But, they will forget to ask men to lower their gaze when they see a women (this is ordained for men) but DeM seems interested only in the women’s dress code. I wonder why!
These protests have revealed an aspect of Kashmiri people: that they can come out on the streets and demand their rights when they feel walked upon. They only need a leader. Yasin Malik usually claims that Kashmiri people are being treated like sheep, it appears that’s because he, as a leader, is incapable of leading. This is true for all other leaders as well.
A senior counsel has said,
“It’s not prostitution. If there is involvement of police, bureaucrats and politicians then you have to look at the issue in different angle. It might be deeper conspiracy to humiliate us as a nation.”
True words. With Congress and PDP in power we are already enslaved and humiliated, everything else is a perk.
Acid and paint attacks will soon return to Kashmir and so will summer or maybe not.