Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Brave Kashmiri girl kills abusive militant

An 18-year old Muslim girl is able to fight off militants who were beating her parents to force them into marrying their daughter to one of the militants. The girl snatched a gun from one of the militants and killed one while injuring the other two. Brava!

Rukhsana Kauser said she 'fired endlessly'

This is not the first time when the Muslim militants have forced themselves on young girls using marriage as the conduit. The attack on the Kashmiri family is similar to the one in Pakistan where the Taliban were infamously taped hitting a young woman in public with sticks. Her crime: she also refused marrying one of the Taliban.

The fact that armed resistance movements in Islamic countries have lost their political currency was not a secret; the fact that they have lost their moral campus, or perhaps they never had one, may come as a surprise to many.

I cannot help but recall the civilised manner in which the most prominent of the young Kashmiri leaders, Yasin Malik, had his wedding earlier in February 09. He returned to India with his Pakistani-born and London School of Economics educated wife (Mishaal Mullick) earlier in September. The picture below shows the newlyweds returning to Kashmir in early September 2009.

Not many can boast of better bonafides as a Kashmiri than Yasin Malik who has opted for a civilised and peaceful path to pursue his political struggle and personal endeavours. The militants, on the other hand, are using militancy for their political struggle and personal gains. While Yasin Malik has been successful in both domains, political and personal, the militants have been failing.

It is high time for the Muslim civil society to take the leadership of their legitimate causes back from the hands of illiterate militants and the semi-literate clergy, who would otherwise continue to impose themselves on the rest of the society in more ways than one.



Kashmir girl fights off militants

By Binoo Joshi

BBC News, Jammu

A teenage girl says she killed a militant with his own gun after insurgents attacked their home in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Three militants stormed into Rukhsana Kauser's home in a remote village in Jammu region on Monday and started beating her parents in front of her.

Ms Kauser, 18, and her brother turned on the gunmen, killing one and injuring two more. Police praised their courage.

One of the militants wanted to marry Ms Kauser against her will, police said.

The militants escaped and are now being sought by police who are using their blood trails as clues.

'Fired endlessly'

The insurgents went to the house looking for Ms Kauser but her father, Noor Hussain, resisted their demands, Rajouri district senior police superintendent Shafqat Watali told the BBC.

“ I had never touched a rifle before this, let alone fired one - but I had seen heroes firing in films ”

Rukhsana Kauser

Three gunmen then entered the house and attacked Ms Kauser's parents, while four other militants remained outside.

"My parents told me to hide under the bed and then opened the door," Ms Kauser told the BBC.

"Without saying anything they [the militants] started beating my parents and my uncle. They beat them so badly that my parents fell on the ground. I could not see that and pounced on one of the militants while my brother hit him with an axe," she said.

"I thought I should try the bold act of encountering militants before dying."

Ms Kauser said she grabbed one of the militants by the hair and banged his head against the wall. When he fell down she hit him with an axe, before snatching his rifle.

"I fired endlessly. The militant commander got 12 shots on his body."

Her brother, Eijaz, 19, grabbed one of the other militants' guns and also began shooting.

Ms Kauser said the exchanges of gunfire with the militants had gone on for four hours.

"I had never touched a rifle before this, let alone fired one. But I had seen heroes firing in films on TV and I tried the same way. Somehow I gathered courage - I fired and fought till dead tired."


Police identified the militant commander as Abu Osama, who they say was a member of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba group and had been active in the Rajouri area for the past five years.

Local residents told police that he wanted to marry Ms Kauser - and was prepared to do so forcibly.

Rajouri police superintendent Shajqat Watali praised what he said was the "exemplary bravery" of Ms Kauser and her brother.

"The reaction by these teenagers was extraordinary."

There are now fears the family could face retaliatory attacks, so they have been given police protection.

But Ms Kauser wants more: "We cannot live here in this village. They should relocate us to a safer place in Rajouri town or elsewhere. The militants are not going to leave us after this embarrassment in which a top commander was killed."

Story from BBC NEWS:


Published: 2009/09/29 11:15:04 GMT


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