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India-Pakistan
Kashmiri woman charged with attempted murder over stone throwing
2012-12-23
[Dawn] Police in Indian-administered Kashmire jugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
a young woman accused of throwing stones at government forces during anti-India protests two years ago. She has been charged with attempted murder, a police officer said Saturday.

Zahida Akhtar was arrested on Friday in southern town of Anantnag and also is charged with instigating protests, said police officer Ramesh Jalla.

In 2010, Kashmire witnessed some of the largest protests against Indian rule that left at least 112 people dead in firing by government forces.

Police have arrested over 5,000 people since then, but freed most of them.

Adil Ahmed Dar, Akhtar's brother, denied the police claim and said his sister was hit by a police bullet and had to drop out of school. "I took her to the cop shoppe after police came to my shop and said she was wanted for an inquiry. When we reached there, they simply arrested her," Dar said.

"This is even worse than jungle rule. First they (government forces) almost made her an invalid. Now, after two years they've arrested her," he said.

Kashmire is divided between India and Pakistain, and it is claimed by both countries.

According to some estimates, an armed uprising and ensuing crackdown by Indian forces have left an estimated 68,000 people dead in the region since 1989. In recent years, the armed conflict has largely subsided, with public opposition to Indian rule now seen mostly in street protests, where government forces and rock-throwing youths regularly face off.

Meanwhile,
...back at the alley, Slats went for his rosco...
a top separatist leader in the disputed region Saturday condemned the woman's arrest and said India has converted Kashmire into a "police state."

"On the other hand, they've not brought to book any police or soldier involved in 2010 killings," said Syed Ali Shah Geelani in a statement.
Posted by:Fred

#8  I didn't know about the slingshots, junkiron. Thank you.
Posted by: trailing wife   2012-12-23 23:24  

#7  
Posted by: junkiron   2012-12-23 21:16  

#6  oops! Wrong button.

Please excuse spelling errors
Posted by: junkiron   2012-12-23 14:48  

#5  Many women actually attend training camps where they are taught to kill soldiers. One of their favorite weapons is a folding wrist rocket type slingshot which they can easily hide beneath their clothing. A group of women will approach their intended victom. When close enough the woman with the slingshot will fire a sharp pointed projectile laced with home-made poison. The women then scatter and hide. One of the women will drop the slingshot in a pre-arranged spot where it will be picked up by a group of children who also scatter and are too fast for the soldiers to catch.
Since the poison is home-made, it is impossible for the soldiers or police to carry an antidote. One of the more common poisons is some concoction of animal urin and snake venom. Most victoms survive but many spend months in the hospital. More recently soldiers have been claiming that they have contracted HIV and other terminal illnesses as a result of being struck by one of these projectiles.
It is not just young people, but even grandmothers have been arrested for engaging in this type of attack, in both Kashmire and the Gaza Strip.
Posted by: junkiron   2012-12-23 14:31  

#4  This thread is over. MM has covered the situation.
Posted by: Shipman   2012-12-23 12:35  

#3  Time they had a "national conversation" on stone ownership...

Nobody needs to own a stone big enough to cause a skull fracture...

Nobody needs an "assault stone" to go deer hunting...
Posted by: M. Murcek   2012-12-23 12:20  

#2  stone "Throwing" is actually a sling, and deadly.
Goliath found out about that, the hard way.
Posted by: Glenmore   2012-12-23 11:01  

#1  Good, stone "Throwing" is actually a sling, and deadly.
Posted by: Redneck Jim   2012-12-23 10:58  

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