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U.N. Human Rights Chief calls for International Probe in Kashmir

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Protestors in Kashmir hurl stones and pellets at authorities during the unrest.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — As the unrest in Kashmir is now approaching the 70-day mark, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that an international probe was “needed crucially” in the state in northern India.

India has responded to the comments, calling the violence “choreographed from across the border.”

Indian officials also called into question the reference to areas which they co-administer with Pakistan, stating that the entire Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.

At the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council, Hussein said he had requested India and Pakistan to allow teams from his office to visit both sides of the Line of Control – “in other words the India-Administered Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir.”

Hussein added that he’s received reports of “excessive” force used against civilians on the Indian side and also of “conflicting narratives from the two sides” about the unrest, that has seen over 80 deaths so far.

“I believe an independent, impartial and international mission is now needed crucially and that it should be given free and complete access to establish an objective assessment of the claims made by the two sides,” he said, adding that while Pakistan have formally granted his request to visit their side, India have yet to respond to his request to merge the trip with both nations.

“More would be gained if primacy were accorded to cooperation over confrontation,” India said in its response.

Additionally, India sharply rebutted the UN Human Rights chief’s reference to India and Pakistan-administered Kashmir. It said the whole State of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and “Pakistan remains in illegal occupation of a part of our territory. The two cannot and should not be equated.”

“The neutrality of the phrase ‘Indian Administered Kashmir’ is, therefore, artificial,” it said.

The unrest “has been choreographed from across our border since the death of a known terrorist belonging to an internationally proscribed terrorist organization,” India’s statement added. “High Commissioner’s proposed Change Initiative requires more clarity,” India’s statement also read.

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Hyderabad, India (Diya TV)  — Four suspects in the rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinarian in Hyderabad were killed by police, who claim the four men were shot in self-defense. The action is drawing praise from the family of the victim but criticism from some lawmakers and civil rights groups.

Protests erupted in India this week seeking justice for this latest victim of sexual assault. Earlier in the week, a 23-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh heading to testify against a man who allegedly raped her multiple times was set on fire by a group of five men she says included her rapist, who was free on bail. She remains in critical condition.

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Indian rape survivor set on fire before trial testimony

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UNNAO, India (Diya TV)  — A 23-year-old woman in India heading to testify against a man who allegedly raped her multiple times was set on fire by a group of five men she says included her rapist, who was free on bail. Doctors at the Lucknow hospital she was brought to say she is in very serious condition, with burn injuries to 90% of her body. Local police say all five suspects are in custody. India’s National Commission for Women are seeking a detailed report regarding the number of reported heinous crimes committed against women and bail granted in such cases.

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Demolition of Alhambra Sikh temple stopped

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ALHAMBRA, Calif. (Diya TV)  — A condo project that would have razed a long-standing Sikh Gurdwara in Alhambra, California was halted by that city’s planning commission after hours of public testimony. A building permit for the 28 unit condo project was initially approved, but a 5 to 4 vote stayed the development. Now Gurdwara leaders aim to purchase the land from the current owner.

Professor & political analyst Peter Mathews announced his candidacy for California’s 47th District Congressional seat. Mathews is running as a Progressive Democrat and aims to serve western Orange County cities like Garden Grove and Westminster.

A new NASSCOM report says India added 1,300 startups in 2019 alone, a factor in driving the country’s economic growth. US-India Partnership Forum Chairman & former Cisco CEO John Chambers believes this report demonstrates Digital India initiatives are working.

And US-based private equity fund Advent International acquired a majority stake in Bharat Serums and Vaccines, a leading biopharmaceutical company in India, valuing the company at $500 million.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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