Bloody Sunday!

April 10, 2017 0 Comments EDITORIAL 159 Views
Bloody Sunday!

There is no end to the mayhem, death and destruction in Kashmir. Unarmed civilians continue to fall prey to the bullets of the forces in the restive Himalayan region of Kashmir. At least seven unarmed civilians have been killed while dozens have been injured central Kashmir parts of Srinagar and Budgam areas during clashes with government forces as by-polls for Srinagar parliament constituency was held today. Who to blame and who to hold responsible for these deaths. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has expressed her anguish over the current deaths; however will there be any end to the further mayhem in Kashmir. How many more mothers are going to lose their sons, the only hope of their old-age. By the time this editorial was published, news and updates about deaths and destruction continued to pour in from the different places of Kashmir. This marked the bloody Sunday in the conflict-ridden history of disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir- which is flashpoint between India and Pakistan. The Pakistan and India both claims the region in entirety. Officials say at least seven people were killed when forces opened fire on crowds of people who attacked polling stations where voting for a by-election was taking place. Chief electoral officer Shantmanu said protesters tried to snatch or damage electronic voting machines in at least a dozen places in the districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal on Sunday. The CEO said that the total voting percentage was recorded 6.5 percent in Srinagar parliamentary constituency. The deaths occurred when forces fired after clashes broke out with protesters who wanted to stop the election for the Srinagar parliamentary constituency. The seat had fallen vacant after a lawmaker resigned to protest the killing of civilians during unrest last year. Meanwhile the resistance leaders have called for complete shutdown on Monday against civilian killings in Budgam District by government forces. Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that the leadership has called for one-day shutdown tomorrow (Monday) against the civilian killings in Budgam. There is no end to the mayhem and death continues to take our young brigade. It is to be recalled that as many as 2403 persons have been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) in the State since 2007, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti revealed recently. Even the chief minister had admitted that 2403 PSA detentions during the past 10 years, the government had quashed 1392 detention orders due to a variety of reasons, including technical grounds for quashing of detention orders depending on the merits, facts and circumstances of each individual case as well as the relevant statutory provisions. Recently leading human rights groups including Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists and Human Rights Watch had asked the J&K government to stop using the PSA for detaining people without trial. Hundreds of youth have been held under the controversial law that allows detention without charge or trial for up to two years in some cases. It has been criticized for violating range of human rights and rights groups have been demanding its repeal. PSA has been increasingly used to crush the uprisings in Kashmir valley. In many instances, kids have been detained under PSA irrespective of the fact that the law could not be invoked against them because of age. Detaining children under PSA can have long-term repercussions. Detaining people indefinitely without charge will only compound the already charged situation in the valley.

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