Amnesty slams state and Cen­tral gov­ern­ments for us­ing pel­let guns

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional In­dia has asked for an im­me­di­ate ban on the use of pel­let shot­guns in Kash­mir as means to con­trol crowds.

At a sym­po­sium or­gan­ised on Wed­nes­day in Sri­na­gar, Amnesty re­leased a book that tells the story of 88 per­sons who have lost their vi­sion be­cause of pel­lets used by the se­cu­rity forces and po­lice from 2014 to mid 2017. The or­gan­i­sa­tion said that pel­let guns were re­sponsi- ble “for blind­ing, killing and trau­ma­tis­ing hun­dreds of peo­ple in Kash­mir”.

In its re­port, Amnesty has said: “School and univer­sity stu­dents who were hit in the eyes said that they con­tinue to have learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties. Sev­eral vic­tims who were the pri­mary bread win­ners for their fam­i­lies fear they will not be able to work any longer. Many have not re­gained their eye-sight de­spite re­peated surg­eries.”

“Amnesty In­ter­na­tional In­dia calls on the Cen­tral govern­ment and the gov­ern- ment of Jammu and Kash­mir to im­me­di­ately stop the use of pel­let- fir­ing shot­guns and en­sure that the use of all other weapons is in line with in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights stan­dards on use of force,” the or­gan­i­sa­tion said in a press re­lease.

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