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Independent Women’s Initiative for Justice

The independent Women’s initiative for Justice is a group of women comprising lawyers, law researchers, a medical doctor, a journalist and women’s rights activists. The IWIJ started to conduct a case watch in the double rape and murder of Shopian on the intervening night of 29 May, 2009. Concerned at the manner in which the investigations were proceeding even three months after the incident, the team decided to visit Shopian and Srinagar on the 28th and 29th of August this year. They met members of the bereaved family, the Majlis-e-
Mushawarrat, a Shopian based consultative committee, the Shopian Bar Association, visited the location where the bodies of the women were found, the hospital where the post mortems were conducted and the school where Asiya Jan, the school girl who was the younger of the two women found dead in unnatural circumstances, had studied. They also met doctors who conducted the first and second post mortems, police and administrative officials, the High Court Bar Association and the CM. They attended a High Court sitting of the Shopian case on the 29th of August 2009. They have continued to do a case watch of the Shopian investigations since then.