Block Lives Matter: Kashmiri Lives Matter too

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Syed Tahir Rashdi
This serious proposition comes from many articles titled “Black Lives Matter” published by various newspapers. The articles said that world-wide concern is being expressed over the killing of the Black American by US cops in broad daylight and brutally and in reaction streets of America are spilling out with rage. Same is being done in Indian Occupied Kashmir and elsewhere in India but reaction of people against State-sponsored brutality is called “Terrorism”. The protests are not just about George Floyd but about the systemic culture of harassment by state organs, legitimised with blanket impunity and
political patronage. The articles indicate that some of the protests have turned violent and history is instructive that these protests, irrespective of their violent or non-violent nature, are public responses to conditions that become unbearable. The protests are not just about George Floyd but about the systemic culture of harassment by state organs, legitimised with blanket impunity and political patronage. The articles say that the police brutality and the culture of harassment Indians are facing has a resemblance to what happened in the United States. Various Authors say that police brutality seen in the recent anti-Citizens Amendment Act (CAA) campaigns in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the state and some of the cases of mob lynchings in which cops were found triggered reaction and aggression from people in the same way as it is happening in the United States but in India this reaction is called Terrorism. hose articles also indicate that it was in light of the backdrop of a continuing culture of harassment that the discriminatory CAA broke the barriers of patience and led to an outpouring of liberal and secular Indians on the streets. The protests first began in universities, where students were not only brutalized but also have been criminalized, many of them arrested. On the night of August 3,
unidentified security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) stopped Riyaz Ahmad Shah, a 21-year-old ATM guard who was on his way home from work. According to a case registered at the Karanagar police station against unknown security personnel, the unidentified security official shoved a pellet gun into Riyaz’s stomach and unloaded the high-capacity magazine directly into his abdomen. An autopsy later revealed that more than 300 pellets were shot into his stomach at close range. Riyaz’s death triggered
fresh protests in Srinagar, where Indian military and paramilitary forces have already killed at least 55 people in protests following the death of a Burhan Wani, a 22-year-old pro-freedom leader earlier in July. There is no doubt that Kashmir is a political issue, but let us not forget the people who own the disputed territory, the Kashmiri people. Since the illegal Indian occupation began seven decades ago, hundreds of thousands have been killed, and many more injured by Indian security forces. A number of human rights organisations have condemned India’s actions in Jammu and Kashmir. In a report
published last year, Amnesty International highlighted the numerous human rights violations in J&K, and demanded accountability of the Indian security forces by their government. 2006 report by the Human Rights Watch, ‘Everyone Lives in Fear: Patterns of Impunity in Jammu and Kashmir’, stated that Indian security forces are responsible for torture, murdering Kashmiris in faked “encounter killings,” and are also responsible for illegal detentions and “disappearances.” The extent of the human rights abuses
carried out against the local population in J&K by Indian security forces is not just limited to torture or death. Another report by HRW described how Indian security forces use rape as a weapon of their war on the Kashmiri people.

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