The Jammu and Kashmir administration has terminated the services of two doctors on allegations of actively working with Pakistan-based groups and fabricating evidence in the infamous 2009 “Shopian rape” case.
The doctors, identified as Dr. Bilal Ahmad Dalal and Dr. Nighat Shaheen Chilloo, were found to have collaborated with Pakistan and its assets within Kashmir to falsify the post-mortem report of the victims, Asiya and Neelofar, who were found dead in a stream in Shopian on May 30, 2009.
The incident had sparked widespread protests and brought the region to a standstill for 42 days, with allegations that the women had been raped and murdered by security personnel. However, during the subsequent investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), it was determined that the victims had not been sexually assaulted.
The actions of Dr. Dalal and Dr. Chilloo were deemed to be part of a larger conspiracy to create disaffection against the Indian state by falsely accusing the security forces of rape and murder.
The termination of their services comes as a significant step in addressing the manipulation of facts and ensuring accountability in the sensitive case.