146 days of Kashmir siege (Stories of Survivors)

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Today marked 146 days when Indian annexed Kashmir was illegally annexed by India. The residents of Kashmir continuing to face restrictions under Section 144. They are not allowed to come out of their houses, facing a ban on internet, Text messaging and prepaid mobile services. Indian troops cut down the people of Indian occupied Kashmir from the world.

The residents of Kashmir are facing severe hardships due to a shortage of food and other essential commodities. The fast-approaching winters have added to the hardships of the people. People in Kashmir used to stock food, firewoods and other commodities for the winters as they have to face snowfall and rains in December and January. Moreover, pharmacies are running short of life-saving medicines. 

There are few stories of people of Kashmir who have survived the attacks and some are victims of the brutality of Indian troops.

A young girl from Kashmir shared her story to the NYTimes reporter saying:

“Newspaper is full of news but it did not inform us about the grief of the mother of a 17-year-old boy Osaib Altaf, who cornered by soldiers on a footbridge in Srinagar and had jumped into the Jhelum River and died.”

According to another story covered by BBC news on August 6 a 16-year-old boy, Asrar Ahmed Khan, was playing cricket in the streets of Kashmir while the Indian Forces opened fire on the crowd.one of these fires hit Asrar and he was on the ground. He was taken to the hospital he was in a very critical condition and unfortunately died.

A farmer in Shopian said he doesn’t let out his sons because he has a fear that they might be picked up by troops.

“It is me who usually goes out to buy essential commodities. When someone knocked at the door we got worried that Indian troops had come to pick up my boys. I wouldn’t wish this even for my enemies”

Another  girl named Zikra from South Kashmir, says:

“All of my friends have migrated to other places. Families are sending young girls away because of the threat from security forces. Many have fled to Jammu, some even to Delhi. I am also trying to figure out a plan to escape. I don’t want to face sexual assault. When we come out of our homes, we are filmed and stared at. This scares me and makes me uncomfortable.”

An old man Gulam Rasool said that his 18-year-old Mamur Rasul was picked up by the local police on August 9 at about 2 am. He claimed his son has been sent to a jail in the north Indian city of Agra. He told the reporters:

“First, they beat him up and took him to the local police station. On August 14, I was told that he has been booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) and shifted to Srinagar’s Central Jail. When I reached Srinagar, I was told that he, along with 47 others, had been transferred to Agra.”

The old man told the news reporter from NewYork Times that he didn’t have a talk to my son from August 9.

As reported by a UK newspaper, Yasmin a Kashmiri girl shared the horrors of Kashmir valley:

“Some women were detained and thrashed, but we are more worried about sexual harassment and assault.”

Sources have affirmed that in the 146 days of lockdown, more than 8 million Kashmiris are facing media blackout and Indian miseries. Almost 894 children have been martyred in occupied Kashmir so far, while more than 177 thousand have been orphaned. Over 11,000 Kashmiris including resistance leaders, political activists, and youth have been arrested.

On Oct 13, 2019, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi “I assure you that it won’t take more than four months to normalize the abnormal situation that has persisted there for 40 years,” Modi further said, “Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh aren’t just a piece of land for us.”

The question that is raised up internationally now for the Modi Government that how much time they still need to normalize the situation and set free the Kashmir from their brutalities? Do you have any stories from Kashmir? Share in the comments below. 

 

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