Pellet guns have become the first line of attack for security forces against protestors in Kashmir, its unabated use blinding hundreds in the Valley.
Despite home minister Rajnath Singh’s assurances that pellet guns aren’t being used often by the security forces, doctors and civil organisations say otherwise.
In addition to being a violation of human rights, the continued use of pellet guns has meant an incredible amount of pressure on the state’s public healthcare system and medical professionals.
State opposition parties and political observers see this as a continuation of the “iron fist” policy, with the state and Centre choosing to not learn any lessons from last year’s unrest.
According to a report by the Indian Express, the court said, “It is manifest that so long as there is violence by unruly mobs, use of force is inevitable.”
The Ordnance Factory Board declined to provide information on the pellet guns saying it is “sensitive defence information”, but details of other defence equipment are freely available on its website.
Rajnath Singh’s task now is to make Kashmiris believe that the prime minister meant what he said about being willing to consider any solution within the Indian constitution. He has five days to do it in.
Ten incidents of stone pelting were reported from Srinagar, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Awantipora and Sopore, said a police spokesman.
Only two police station areas remain under curfew today.
A look at the lives of locals and those affected by pellet guns during the weeks of violence and protests in the Valley, before the curfew was finally lifted after 51 days.
Chilli grenades, which have been suggested as an alternative “non-lethal” weapon, reportedly killed three people in Kashmir in 2013.
Rajnath Singh announced that an alternative to pellet guns will be available soon, however the various stakeholders remained unconvinced.
The Kashmiri artist’s recent work is layered by a loss that is both personal and collective.
Brushing things under the carpet to preserve the rhetoric of heroism does nothing for the army’s morale, as Lt Gen Hooda has shown.
Security forces entered 30-year-old lecturer Shabir Ahmad Mangoo’s home, beat him and took him away. The next morning, his body was brought to a hospital.
Suhail Naqshbandi and Mir Suhail, reflect the painful life of Kashmiris today with incisive cartoons replete with dark humour.
Masood Hussain, an artist deeply moved by the pictures of blinded children in tumultuous Kashmir, makes digital art to capture their plight.
Over 200 protestors in Kashmir have suffered serious eye injuries in the last month.
India “strong[ly] protests against the continued infiltration from Pakistan of trained terrorists with instructions to carry out attacks”, which is “contrary to assurances given by the Pakistani leaders at the highest level”, Jaishankar, India’s foreign secretary conveyed to Basit, Pakistan’s high commissioner.
‘It creatively signifies that the world has turned blind towards the Kashmir issue and we are left with no other option but to communicate our anguish in their language,’ the campaigners say.
Protests in Kashmir and Gujarat bring us a new turn in status quo politics – but the costs on the road to change have been far, far too high.
Despite senior leaders asking security forces to no longer use pellet guns, at least 50 new patients have come in with pellet injuries in the last few days.
The Jammu and Kashmir HC bench expressed disapproval of the use of pellet guns demanding a report on their use from the Centre and also recommended the restoration of mobile phone services in the Valley.
For those who would like to replace the killings in Kashmir, the violent and disruptive demonstrations, and the equally violent reactions by the state, with a negotiation process; understand: this is the negotiation process.
‘A beginning can be made by implementing the recommendations of the five working groups constituted by the then prime minister’, the chief minister said.
The use of pellet guns in Kashmir is a clear violation of human rights and humanitarian law – and needs to be banned immediately.