The much-talked-about film The Kashmir Files directed by Vivek Agnihotri revolves around the brutal experiences of Kashmiri Pandits during the Kashmir Insurgency in 1990. The film features the horrific gangrape of a character name Sharda Pandit. This incident is based on the alleged gangrape of a real Kashmiri Pandit woman who worked as a librarian. Here’s what you should know about the Kashmiri Pandit woman gangrape:
Actor Bhasha Sumbli’s character Sharda Pandit in The Kashmir Files is believed to be based on a Kashmir Pandit woman. The film features her story in an attempt to throw light on the injustices faced by the Kashmiri Pandits during the 1990 insurgency. The Kashmir Files also features other real-life-based characters.
The said woman’s niece recently took to social media to urge Indians to watch the film and acknowledge the plight of Kashmiri Pandits.
Here are 10 things to know about Kashmiri Pandit woman gangrape case:
- The woman was a Kashmiri Hindu from Bandipora. According to her niece, she worked as a librarian at a University in Kashmir Valley. The family members used to call her ‘Babli’ lovingly.
- However, she moved to Jammu due to the rising conflicts in Kashmir Valley as the aftermath of the ‘Azadi Movement’ by the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front.
- When there were reports of easing tensions in Kashmir, she had been reportedly called to collect her salary.
- She was reportedly travelling back to her home after collecting her paycheck from the University when her bus was stopped by few men.
- Her niece wrote in her Instagram post that her aunt had been thrown into a taxi. What followed next was a horrific incident which traumatised her for life.
- The woman was allegedly raped and tortured by five men, one of whom was her colleague. She had been brutally murdered as she was cut into half by a carpenter saw as per reports.
- Reportedly, no one attempted to help her while she was being taken away by the perpetrators. Her body was found on the roadside after a few days.
- Her niece urged people to watch the film The Kashmir Files which narrates the “the horrifying nights not only my family went through but what every Kashmiri Pandit family went through”. See the post here.
- “Till this date I’ve never heard anyone from my family speak about this incident. My father tells me every brother lived in such shame and anger that nothing had been done to receive justice for my Babli Bua.” Her niece, Sidhi Raina, wrote in an Instagram caption.
- Sidhi Raina also wrote that her father continues to live in shame and guilt since nothing could be done to get justice for his wronged sister.
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