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Wednesday, September 28, 2005
  The Religion of Murdering Women and Kids
New Jersey Coalition for Self Defense - Kashmiri Women Take Up Arms For Self-Protection: "Women in Jammu and Kashmir have now picked up guns against Islamic militants to protect their homes.

At least 30 Muslim women in the disputed region to the north of India and Pakistan have constituted a separate all-women Village Defense Committee (VDC) and are operating with the Indian army in the forested mountains of Surankote in the Poonch district bordering the Pakistani side of Kashmir to fight militants.

'Now militants do not dare enter our village,' said 18-year-old Nishat Bee, the youngest member of the group. Her companion, however, corrects her by saying, 'In fact militants have not been this way since we picked up guns against them.'

On a visit to the twin villages of Marah and Kulali, one finds tall, slender Muslim women sporting rifles on their shoulders while grazing cattle alone in deep forests or standing on top of the roofs of their homes to keep a watch on militants.

'I am proud to fight a Jihad [holy war] against marauders who have cheated us of our dignity and honor,' says Shamima Akhter, the 30-year-old commander of this particular women's group.

'Militants who would force us to provide them shelter, food and at times to entertain them physically were harassing us physically and mentally. If we opposed them they would commit rapes or kill our family members. We wanted to confront them and the only way to do it was to acquaint ourselves with the basic functioning of guns and grenades,' she added.

The majority of the men of this border belt work in Gulf countries leaving their women, children and elderly back in remote mountainous villages, the access to majority of which is through hours of rough walks that make the women soft targets.

It is common practice for the militants to seek shelter, food or seek sexual favors from these women, and in case of refusal, it is not unusual to rape or even kill them, using loca"
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