Unjustified Agony for Kashmiris

21stAugust 2021.

Public protests in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir were once an almost weekly manifestation but two years after New Delhi enacted direct rule on the district, locals say indiscriminate arrests and terrorization by security forces manipulating cudgels and snatching phones have scared many individuals to raise their voice.A week before the region’s limited autonomy was repealed, and as a huge army deployment spread out to assist prevents a local backlash.

Activists claim that dozens of other Kashmiris are incarcerated in India’s infamously brutal prisons. For decades, India has stationed around 500,000 soldiers in IIOJK. Its forces are fighting independence fighters who want to join Pakistan. It stated that it wished to achieve peace once and for all.

In August 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration repealed a provision of the constitution that guaranteed the territory’s limited autonomy. Kashmiris are currently controlled by a lieutenant governor chosen by New Delhi, rather than a locally elected administration. New laws have been enacted, while others have been repealed, as a result of a legislative blitz. There are now hardly any senior Kashmiri police officers or bureaucrats in important decision-making positions.


Land ownership laws changes have generated allegations of settler colonialism aimed at affecting an irreversible demographic shift in the Muslim-majority region. Neither the Home Ministry in New Delhi nor the government’s representative in IIOJK retorted to requests for comment from AFP for this article. Numerous people were booked under the Public Safety Act, a preventative detention law, consenting to two-year incarceration without custody or trial.

Juliette Rousselot from the International Federation for Human Rights told AFP that preventative detention is used to provide benefits to the government. India has used tyrannical policies such as anti-terror legislation and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, which meritoriously allows people to be held without trial indefinitely. Authorities have ransacked homes, offices, and locations of civil society groups, journalists, and newspapers, impounding gadgets. One group overran was the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society.

Mr. Pervez said all societies are not responding now. Local journalists are under augmented scrutiny, Photographers have been assaulted, foreign reporters barred from the region, and shopkeepers were threatened by the police. Young people are questioned and sometimes beaten up at checkpoints if encrypted apps are installed on their phones. Several government employees have been dismissed for anti-national activities or social media activities precarious for the government.

Violence has amplified so far. 90 suspected rebels have died in disputes this year; police uses tear gas and pellet-firing shotguns for weekly protests. People are in a constant state of terror and agony. It undermines any solidarity or social gatherings and cooperations.

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