J&K High Court Bar Association (HCBA), Srinagar, today condemned the killing of 18 Kashmiris including five civilians during the past couple of days.
“Government forces don’t hesitate to kill or blind, yet the world community is not coming to the rescue of the people of Kashmir and are not stopping the forces from killing, blinding or maiming them in a barbaric and ruthless manner and instead are watching the scenario as mute spectator, which is highly reprehensible. Seventeen Kashmiris were killed in south Kashmir on Sunday and one in Kangan area and hundreds have been injured by the armed forces since Sunday,” a spokesman of the HCBA said in a statement.
“The pellets are not used in any part of the world including India, as its use is forbidden by the domestic as well as international law.
The deceleration of the 8th United Nations Congress on the Prevention Of Crime and the treatment of Offenders passed at Havana Cuba in 1990 also provides for restraint and minimum damage and injury and to respect and preserve the human life and also to ensure that assistance and medical aid are rendered to any injured and affected person at the earliest possible moment but the state and its forces have however shown scant respect for these laws and declarations and they are killing the Kashmir people with impunity under the garb of Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Disturbed Areas Act,” he added.