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JK protests against sexual abuse on Pak scientist

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Updated: January 27, 2012, 7:03 PM IST
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JK protests against sexual abuse on Pak scientist
Dukhtaran-e-Millat members raised anti-US slogans and burned a US flag to protest against the alleged sexual abuse of Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving 86 years prison-term there.

Srinagar: A radical Kashmiri women's group on Friday held an anti-US protest against the imprisonment and alleged sexual assault on Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving a prison term in an American jail.

Dukhtaran-e-Millat members led by its leader Aasiya Andrabi raised anti-US slogans and burned an American flag to protest against the alleged sexual abuse of the Pakistani born scientist, who is serving 86 years prison-term in the country.

"Americans felt that Siddiqui was a threat to their hegemonic designs because she was a Muslim scientist and that is why they tagged her as a member of Al-Qaeda," Andrabi told reporters here.

"Charges against Aafia were fabricated... She has been sexually assaulted and is now pregnant. We cannot tolerate this," she said.

Aafia, a Pakistani woman neuro-scientist was convicted of trying to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan and was sentenced to 86-year in prison by an American court last year.

Recent media reports have quoted Aafia's sister as saying that she has "contracted cancer" and allegedly became pregnant as a result of sexual abuse during her confinement in the American prison. Andrabi said if Aafia cannot be released, she should at least be transferred to a Pakistani jail.

First Published: January 27, 2012, 7:03 PM IST
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