Stop Killing Civilians in Kashmir : Citizens’ Protest in Delhi
Hundreds of students, trade union activists, women’s rights groups, lawyers and queer groups gathered today at Jantar Mantar, wearing black bands, and condemned the violence being unleashed on unarmed civilians in Kashmir. They marched silently, with placards in their hands saying ’36 Civilians Dead in 4 Days – Stop the Killings NOW’, ‘Pellets Cost Kashmiri Protesters Their Eyes, Stop Using Pellets and Bullets to Control Civilian Protests’, Kashmir Is A Political Issue –
Can’t Be Resolved At Gunpoint’, ‘Govt Must Initiate Dialogue for a Peaceful Political Solution in Kashmir’ and “Repeal AFSPA’. They also held placards with the names of each of those killed on Kashmir streets in the past few days – including 36 Kashmiri civilians and one policeman – with the slogan ‘Will Not Be Forgotten’.
The silent march and public meeting took place peacefully despite provocations from four or five right-wing men who raised threatening slogans but dispersed, heavily outnumbered. Addressing the protest, civil society activist Shabnam Hashmi said that the Indian government needs to take a humane approach to Kashmir. JNUSU Vice-President,