Pellet guns have become the first line of attack for security forces against protestors in Kashmir, its unabated use blinding hundreds in the Valley.
“Everyone knows here that he is an executive member of Hurriyat (G) and that he would sometimes address people… Is that a crime?”
The lack of private advertising, however, has made publications in Jammu and Kashmir heavily dependent on the government, the report says.
“Our sorrow is common to all of us; we have become the playthings of both countries (India and Pakistan).”
Stress, the daily threat of violence, issues their families are facing at home and long hours are pushing personnel to the brink, triggering the need for preventive measures.
The award, which honours human rights defenders, went to the two activists for their “decades of campaigning for human rights” in Jammu and Kashmir.
The group, led by former Union minister Yashwant Sinha, noted that the recent statements issued by government functionaries “hold promise for the Kashmiris”.
Farooq Ahmad Dar said for him, justice will only be served if those who tied him to an army jeep are punished.
Thousands of young men joined the Kashmir militancy in the 1990s, but those who survived see a new generation as more ‘potent and committed’ to Islamism, and more ready to die.
While making an open call for dialogue, the home minister refused to be specific on whether Hurriyat leaders will be invited for talks.
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“When it comes to Kashmir, the institutions and justice system turns blind. Nobody can understand what we have gone through all these years.”
The Indian army’s higher leadership must reflect on its role as the sword arm of the republic, and have a clear vision of itself as the upholder of law.
Article 35A, added to the constitution by a presidential order in 1954, denies property rights to a woman who marries a person from outside the state.
The People’s Democratic Party, the BJP’s ally in the state, and the National Conference have spoken out strongly against the Centre’s call for ‘larger debate’ on the future of Article 35A.
Tanveer Ahmad Wani’s death, which the police and army say was in response to stone pelting, is the eighth killing in Beerwah since the 2016 uprising and has only added to the anger across Valley.
Worldwide, hydropower projects are running into problems and being scaled back, but India is doing the opposite in what appears to be a determination to maximise the benefits of the Indus Waters Treaty.
It was also pointed out at the meeting that despite the Public Safety Act prohibiting the detention of minors, children had been detained under it.
The RSS leader said it does not support any kind of violence linked to cow protection and demanded action against those found guilty.
According to a RTI, cases in J&K have seen the least amount of compensation being offered for rights violations while Assam has the most.
It takes a special kind of nastiness to deploy victims of one tragedy as weapons against other victims, to see in two similar crimes not the common thread of justice but an opportunity to play political games.
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Seven pilgrims were killed and at least 32 people were injured when the bus they were traveling in was fired at.
The State Human Rights Commission stopped short of announcing action against the army, as it lacked jurisdiction.
In 2013, the UK Supreme Court allowed families of soldiers who died in combat to sue the government for damages. There are good reasons for this to happen in India as well.
The opposition opposes extending the 101st amendment of the constitution to J&K, which would hand over powers of tax collection to the Centre and threaten the state’s autonomy.
Many in the Valley see the lynching as another instance of a fast deteriorating situation where the decades-old conflict has taken a huge human toll.
Mohammad Ayub Pandith was stripped and lynched by a mob outside the historic Jamia Masjid, triggering outrage across Kashmir and drawing all-round condemnation.
Jammu and Kashmir police recently lost six young men in an ambush. But social media warriors seem to care only for likes and shares.
Dissatisfied with both the government and separatists, countless young people in Kashmir view local militants as the only ones willing to fight for them.
Having exhausted all domestic means in his quest for justice, Qalandar Khatana now wants the UN to look into allegations of gross human rights violations in J&K.
The repression and rigging of 1987 proved to many Kashmiris that the freedoms promised to them under the Indian constitution would be violated, not defended. Till today, 1987 continues to repeat itself.
Confined for years to the role of playing matchmaker and overlooked for everything else, the community today wants to step out and make more of life.
Thirty-four channels, including culinary and sports channels, have been banned for their potential to “encourage violence” and “disturb the law and order” in the state.
Bhat is said to have been the operational chief of the Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir.
“I was made a human shield as a child. I have carried this burden till now; today I feel the need to talk about it.”
Disregarding the ban, even top politicians and officials of the government have been using banned applications to post about events in the Valley.
The document should have been a forward looking and ambitious doctrine, instead, written in complex, difficult to unravel sentences, it seems almost inward-bound.
Kashmiris must see the rule of law prevail once more in India before they can start believing that it will also prevail in Kashmir.
Rashid Billa, a primary accused in the Saderkoot murders, was killed by unidentified men in his home – after police said his house had been seized and he was absconding.
“This blockade is nothing but a gag on my work, my freedom of expression.”