Blind eyes and burning bodies: atrocities of Indian Army in Kashmir

By : Maemuna Sadaf Hashmi
Freedom is the birthright of every human being. Since the independence of Indo-Pak subcontinent, Kashmiris are fighting to attain this right. The Kashmir dispute is the oldest unresolved international conflict in the world today. Pakistan considers Kashmir its core political dispute with India and so does the international communities, except India. From Indian officials, it is stated often that “Kashmir is an integral part of it”.

It was an outcome of a mutual consent by India and Pakistan that the UN Security Council (UNSC) and Un commission for India and Pakistan passed several resolutions in years following 1947-1448- The UNSC Resolution of 21st April 1948 stated that “Both India and Pakistan desire that the question of accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India or Pakistan, should be decided by the democratic method of free and impartial plebiscite”.
India refused to conduct a free and impartial plebiscite in Kashmir. To hoodwink international community India conducted elections in Kashmir which were boycotted by Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders. Marionette governments in Kashmir remained unsuccessful in keeping peace in the territory. These governments were unable to stop atrocities of Indian Army.
Kashmiris started freedom movement in 1949 and the fight for the freedom of Kashmir is ongoing.
To suppress this freedom movement, India is using different tactics by arranging elections or countenancing its army to do whatever they can do to suppress this freedom movement.Even Indian Army is permitted to shot people (in any protest or even if some army official has doubt on someone of being a part of freedom movement) on the spot. Human Rights violations are common in Kashmir.

The face of world’s so- called largest liberal democracy “India” is unveiled in the valley of Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmiri Muslims are facing life-threatening atrocities by Indian Army. India has deployed 7 lac Army troops against unarmed Muslim freedom fighters in Indian-held Kashmir.
Going back to history, Human Rights violations by Indian Forces are as follows: since Jan, 1989 to 31 Dec 2016, total Kashmiri Muslims brutally killed were 94597, number of custodial killings reached 7077, total civilians arrested were 139,519, total 107,731 structures arson/ destroyed, 22,831 women widowed, 107,603 children were orphaned, whereas 10,825 women are gang raped/ molested.
A new era of brutality has started in Kashmir last year. After the martyrdom of Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani, protests against Indian occupation has increased. In response to these protests, Indian Army started shelling on unarmed Kashmiris. In this state terrorism since July 2016 to Dec 2016, 117 were martyred, 7500 were injured including a 3 year old kid. Total 16700 were injured whereas 11762 captured by Indian Army.
From June 2016 Indian forces started using pellet guns on unarmed Muslims of Kashmir. The sight of human damage caused by the discriminate use of pellet guns is a reminder of Indian Security forces impunity towards Kashmiri civilians. Although, Indian forces claimed that pellet guns are not the lethal weapon. But the use of these guns resulted in 69 deaths and blindness to the injured. 1390 Kashmiri’s have lost their eyes in which 22 have lost their eyesight completely including 4 young girls. Indian Army’s crackdown in villages continues out of 24 hours 18 to 20 hours a day. Total 65090 buildings were destroyed including 51 schools were burned. 3561 woman and girls were raped. Human rights commission and other institutions of United Nations are quite on this state terrorism.
As far as Kashmir dispute is not resolved true peace in the region is impossible. Both the neighboring countries India and Pakistan will remain eye to eye. No peace dialogue will be successful until unless Kashmiris become a part of that dialogue.

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