It is been four and a half months since Kashmir has been separated from the outside world. All the essential services like prepaid mobile phones, internet, free travel have been restricted by the Centre. The peak of gross human rights abuses was witnessed when the Union government abrogated Article 370 without consulting the local leadership of the valley. Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has been trying every possible step to divert the world leaders attention from the drastic situation of Kashmir.
The continuous lockdown and restrictions in the valley have escalated shortage of foods and medicines for the people. The Centre also directed officials to continue their ban on communication services and also ordered them not to allow foreign journalists to visit the region.
The human rights day is celebrated across the world on December 10. For Kashmir, it is marked with protests, conferences and demonstrations over the gross human rights violations. The separatist leaders have been actively organising rallies against the human rights violations including crackdowns, curfews, illegal detentions, massacre, extrajudicial killings, sieges, tortures, disappearances, rape, molestation of women and fake encounters.
Since the scrapping of special status, Kashmiri mainstream leadership including former chief ministers – Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and other leaders have been detained. However, the Centre has allowed releasing the political leaders over the condition of signing the bond. The bond includes not to hold any press meets, rallies against the Union government.
Pakistan has continuously supported the Kashmir freedom and recently Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been campaigning against India’s control over the region. In his address at the UN General Assembly, Khan accused Modi government for trying to impose RSS agenda in Kashmir. He also accused the Indian army of several atrocities such as fake encounters, rapes in Kashmir, tortures and others. The Centre has denied all the charges and accused Pakistan for insisting Kashmiri youth to take up arms and destroying law and order situation in Kashmir.
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Reports said there are more than 8 lakh forces stationed in Kashmir. Thousands of Kashmiris have been blinded with the use of chemical weapons such as pellet guns. More than 1 lakh people have been killed from the last 30 years.