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    Kashmir women protest dispersed http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top10.htm&date=20060509 SRINAGAR, May 8: Police in occupied Kashmir used water canons
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      Kashmir women protest dispersed
      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top10.htm&date=20060509


      SRINAGAR, May 8: Police in occupied Kashmir used water canons to
      disperse dozens of women, many wearing black veils, during a new
      protest on Monday over a suspected prostitution ring involving
      politicians. "Sexploiters leave our land and face wrath of Allah,"
      read one banner carried by the protesters in the heart of main city,
      Srinagar.

      Occupied Kashmir has been witnessing protests since last week after
      newspapers and television channels reported details of a racket which
      they allege provided prostitutes for local politicians, police
      officers and bureaucrats.

      The protesters, led by Asiya Andrabi, head of Kashmir's women's group,
      Dukhtaran-i-Milat, blamed New Delhi for the scandal.

      "India is encouraging prostitution in Kashmir and using it as a war
      weapon," Ms Andrabi, who has been campaigning against prostitution and
      alcohol consumption told journalists.

      The authorities have ordered a federal investigation into the sex
      scandal, vowing to get to the bottom of it.

      "Whosoever is involved and whatever position he or she holds would be
      brought to justice," Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

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