Facts about In­dian atroc­i­ties in Kashmir

People's Review - - NEWS - BY NAWZ

ON Oc­to­ber 27 each year, Kashmir Black Day is ob­served na­tion­wide in Pak­istan and also across globe. This is day when In­dian forces un­law­fully, force­fully and in bla­tant vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law oc­cu­pied Kash­miris' land, which started dark­est pe­riod in J&K his­tory. State ter­ror­ism that In­dia un­leashed on un­armed de­fence­less Kash­miris has ad­versely af­fected more than a mil­lion Kash­miris. Over 1m Kash­miris stand af­fected by the In­dian se­cu­rity forces in terms of mas­sacres, ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings, staged en­coun­ters and or­ga­nized dis­hon­our­ing of women cou­pled with ar­bi­trary ar­rest of tens of thou­sands with their fate un­known for decades. The In­dian se­cu­rity forces have been given vir­tual im­mu­nity to com­mit hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions in Kashmir in the form of Armed Forces Spe­cial Power Act (AFSPA) and Pub­lic Safety Act (PSA). AFSPA per­mits the armed forces to ar­rest any­one and en­ter any prop­erty with­out a war­rant. They are au­tho­rized to fire upon or oth­er­wise use force against peace­ful pro­test­ers. The peo­ple in In­dian oc­cu­pied Kashmir have suf­fered mas­sive hu­man rights abuses and since 1947, so far more than 200,000 Kash­miris have been killed by the In­dian forces, more than 10,000 peo­ple are miss­ing, around 22,826 Kash­miri women have been wid­owed, 10,717 Kash­miri women have been gang raped and about 107,591 chil­dren have been or­phaned. Be­sides, there are an es­ti­mated 1500 half-widow wives whose hus­bands have dis­ap­peared but not yet de­clared as dead. Since the com­mence­ment of Kash­miris' free­dom strug­gle in 1989, the IHK has be­come one of the world's most densely mil­i­tarised zones as 1 mil­lion In­dian se­cu­rity forces have been de­ployed there to crush the free­dom strug­gle. Since 1989, around 65 per cent Kash­miris have wit­nessed ex­plo­sions, 39 per cent wit­nessed dam­age to per­sonal prop­erty, 85 per cent Kash­miris wit­nessed cross fire, 64 per cent Kash­miris are suf­fer­ing from anx­i­ety, 87 per cent Kash­miris have been frisked by se­cu­rity forces, 48 per cent Kash­miris think they are not safe, 99 per cent have wit­nessed crack­downs, and 75 per cent have un­der­gone tor­ture while in de­ten­tion. More­over, nearly, 12 per cent of Kash­miri women have suf­fered vi­o­la­tion of their mod­esty (as­so­ci­ated with an act of sex­ual as­sault that varies from rape to in­ap­pro­pri­ate touch­ing). In­dian se­cu­rity forces use rape as a tool of sub­ju­ga­tion through hu­mil­i­a­tion and re­tal­i­a­tion against civil­ians. More­over, In­dian se­cu­rity forces are re­spon­si­ble for the dis­ap­pear­ance of more than 8000 peo­ple and 6000 un­known and un­marked mass graves. One out of ev­ery six per­sons has been tor­tured. There have been al­most 200,000 tor­tured vic­tims since 1990 and in the same pe­riod there are 1 mil­lion phys­i­cally tor­tured sur­vivors, 95 per cent of whom are non­com­bat­ants. Ac­cord­ing to Ac­tion Aid's re­cent survey, more than 30 per cent of Kash­miri men and women are found to have se­vere men­tal health ill­nesses. The most com­mon healthill­ness suf­fered by Kash­miris is de­pres­sion. Con­flict re­lated de­pres­sion in In­dian-held Kashmir re­veals that the preva­lence of de­pres­sion in Kash­miri pop­u­la­tion is over 55 per cent. The Srinagar Psy­chi­a­try Hospi­tal was vis­ited by more than 100,000 pa­tients last year as com­pared to 1700 pa­tients in 1989. Kashmir is­sue is not only of land, but it is also the is­sue of il­le­gal oc­cu­pa­tion of hu­mans and vi­o­la­tions of the Kash­miris' po­lit­i­cal, ide­o­log­i­cal and ba­sic rights. The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in oc­cu­pied Kashmir has ex­posed the bru­tal face of In­dia to the world as there is no match for In­dia's bru­tal­ity and bar­bar­ian­ism. Be­sides, the sit­u­a­tion of hu­man rights has be­come worse in Kashmir as thou­sands of young­sters are miss­ing, there ex­ists no cel­lu­lar or so­cial net­work, peo­ple are un­aware about their loved ones and United Na­tions is un­suc­cess­ful not only in hav­ing ac­cess to the ar­eas but in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of its own res­o­lu­tions. Re­sul­tantly, dozens of Kash­miri peo­ple have died in the vi­o­lence trig­gered by the killing of BurhanWani, a young free­dom fighter, by the In­dian army. In the cur­rent up­ris­ing, the In­dian-held Kashmir has been un­der cur­few for months . Re­sul­tantly, dur­ing this pe­riod more than hun­dreds peo­ple have been killed, around 15,500 Kash­miris have been in­jured and nearly 7500 have been ar­rested so far. Be­sides, more than 1500 Kash­miris are un­der de­ten­tion in dif­fer­ent po­lice sta­tions across the In­di­an­held Kashmir with­out any charges and their de­ten­tion is not of­fi­cially recorded. Over 450 peo­ple have been ar­rested un­der PSA, high­est num­ber ever in Kashmir Val­ley. Fur­ther­more, the In­dian se­cu­rity forces have used more than 1.7 mil­lion pel­lets to con­trol street protests. Con­se­quently, hun­dreds Kash­miris have been fully blinded by the use of pel­let guns and over 1800 have suf­fered from pel­let in­juries im­pair­ing their eye-sight to var­i­ous de­grees and even caus­ing per­ma­nent loss of vi­sion. Be­sides, the food cri­sis and de­lib­er­ate acts to cre­ate a short­age of ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties, con­tin­ued de­ten­tion of Hur­riyat lead­ers Syed Ali Gi­lani and Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq in pre­car­i­ous and tor­tur­ous con­di­tions, in­hu­man and sub-stan­dard con­di­tion in which Yasin Ma­lik had been kept with­out proper med­i­cal treat­ment are is­sues of im­mense con­cern. More blood­shed can be ex­pected un­less the se­cu­rity forces re­frain from re­sort­ing to use of bru­tal force. The In­dian Gov­ern­ment must stop blood­shed of in­no­cent Kash­miris and it should re­spect UN Char­ter, ful­fil its obli­ga­tions un­der in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights and hu­man­i­tar­ian laws and im­ple­ment UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tions on Kashmir. The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should also take no­tice of the vi­o­la­tions of hu­man rights in IOK.

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