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Depravity Against Women and Girls in the Kashmir
ANJAN KUMAR SAMAL | 04 May 2016

"Conflict in Kashmir is the root cause of the problem. It has made the life, property, dignity and chastity of Kashmiri women insecure. With a revival of militancy this scenario of insecurity is increasing day by day," notes Dr Sheikh Showkat Hussain, the Head and Dean of the Department of Law, School of Legal Studies, Central University of Kashmir.

The full text of this essay is available in the latest issue of theTorture: Asian and Global Perspectives (Torture Magazine), to bepublished soon.

Meanwhile, focusing on the legal systems in Asia, Associate Editor
Lauren Glenmere argues, "Proper investigation and prosecution goes
from unlikely to almost impossible when members of the elite or the
police force itself stand accused."

"Witnesses frequently go missing, are threatened or killed. The
police force itself is misused during elections for suppressing
political opposition", she observes in her substantive account on
the rule of law in Asia.

In his essay on psychological torture, Almerindo Ojeda seeks to define
the practice through a lengthy investigation.

"In principle, there are two ways in which we could define
psychological torture. One of them is to list all (and only) the
practices that constitute psychological torture. The other is to
identify the property or properties that practices must satisfy in
order to count as instances of psychological torture. The former is
the extensional definition of the term; the latter is the intensional
one."

Dr. Ojeda is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California
at Davis. He was the Founding Director of the UC Davis Center for the
Study of Human Rights in the Americas, and is the Principal
Investigator of its flagship project The Guantanamo Testimonials
Project.

Contributing his own analysis, Nepalese human rights lawyer Kamal Raj
Pathak notes that, "Despite the commitments made by the government
to protect victims of torture and to prosecute those responsible for
acts of torture, victims and witnesses remain vulnerable", in his
article on the prohibition of torture in Nepal.