94,565 murdered, 10,793 women raped in IOK during past 20 years: report

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Jammu Kashmir Human Rights Commission published a report documenting murders, disappearances, rapes, destruction of property, illegal detentions and other inhumane acts committed by Indian Security forces in India-occupied Kashmir (IOK) during January 1989 to October 2016.

According to the report, 94,565 Kashmiris have been murdered during that time, while 10,793 instances of women gang rape took place. As many as 7,073 Kashmiris were judicially murdered after they were sentenced to death by Indian Courts. 139,017 civilians were arrested and more than 107,581 houses and markets were either bulldozed, burnt down or razed to the ground.

Around 150 Kashmiris, including women and children, were killed in the month of October 2016 alone. 600 houses have been razed during the present curfew that is well into its fourth month. Females have been raped while hundreds of children were orphaned during the recent escalation of state terror.

Since July, Indian forces have used more than 10 million pellets that have blinded scores of Kashmiris, including many school going children and violated control line and working boundary for more than 178 times.

While talking to media, Jammu and Kashmir Human Rights Commission Chairman Humayun Zaman Mirza said that horrible human rights violations are committed by Indian forces in Kashmir. “They are using pellet guns on unarmed civilians in order to keep their illegal and unlawful rule in Kashmir intact. They violate water treaties on one hand, and on the other hand, they breach ceasefire agreements. Indian forces are killing people on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC), in IOK through their state apparatus, and on Azad Kashmir through shelling and firing,” he said.

Jammu and Kashmir Human Rights Commission demands that the Kashmir issue is resolved in the light of United Nation resolutions and charters. “No religion or law permits action against peaceful demands of independence. The powers of the world must take note of Indian brutalities and side with Kashmiris’ right to self-determination,” said Mirza.

The Kashmir issue has always been a simmering one between both Pakistan and India since their inception.