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Parents of international award winner journalist Masrat Zahra were beaten up by Srinagar Police

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Monitoring Desk: The father of Masrat Zahra, a recipient of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award for showing Indian genocide in Indian Occupied Kashmir was harassed by local police.

Masrat Zahra who is currently in Germany as a “politically persecuted” person accused the police of targeting her family due to their associations with her. She took to Twitter to register her outrage and shared pictures of the injuries her father had incurred as proof of the allegation.

 


On July 30, Photojournalist Masrat Zahra informed media that the police assaulted her father in order to intimidate her. The incident took place on July 25 when Masrat Zahra’s father, Mohammad Amin Dar, a retired driver in Srinagar alongside his wife Fatima looking to hail a rikshaw were confronted by five police officers.

 


Last year, Masrat Zahra was charged under Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) while at the same time facing threats from armed resistance groups in the region for collaborating with security forces. Speaking to an Indian news outlet, Masrat said, “I am being targeted because of my identity as a woman and also because of my work, which focuses on the brutalities faced by women and children in Kashmir. If I go back to Kashmir, I feel the government may not allow me to leave the country again.”

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