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AND IT CONTINUES..............

The 9 year old who was beaten to death.

After killing 58 people and injuring hundreds of people, some part of peaceful protests, some without any provocation by the security forces of India & police not a single policeman/Security official was suspended even though there were incidents where government admitted to look into the matter like when 3 teenagers were killed in the compound of the house of one of them in front of so many witnesses’ by police without any provocation. Yesterday morning a police official threw a shoe at the Chief Minister (government head of the state) when he was celebrating the Independent day of India amidst tight security. Chanting slogans of Kashmir’s independence he was waving a black flag to protest the civilian killings in Kashmir. 15 officials including 4 officers were suspended within hours. By evening he was admitted in the local hospital with reports that he was severely beaten and had to be hospitalized.

This is the justice you can expect here.

Things have gone from bad to worse in Kashmir with the death toll reaching 58 in 9 weeks. I was unable to share my thoughts with you as I got stranded at my grandparents place for more than 10 days due to continued curfew. I had no access to internet there.

The situation is worsening with each passing day as more people fall victims to bullets and beatings. We have had 9 deaths in a single day. My day passes in checking the net for updates, calling people to find out what is happening and trying to find out how the situation is. That is what everybody here is doing as well. I remember when I was at my grandparents place my uncle who also lives there just couldn’t do one thing for long; he couldn’t sit, read or don anything. We all shared and still do share his misery. I remember flipping the channels of TV there searching the scroll running at the bottom of the news channels for the news of Kashmir. My eyes were just searching the number; the death toll with a prayer that it should be the same that I saw the last time. Just like we cricket crazy people look for the fall of wickets of our team or for football lovers it’s the goals. An irony indeed.

We have had a 9 year old beaten to death. He asked his father 5 rupees to buy toffee. His father gave 2, a thing he will regret for the rest of his life “why didn’t I give him 5 “he will ask himself this question till he dies. The boy after buying toffee asked for 10 more to buy pears for the family. He bought them handed them to his father and went out for his uncle’s house to play. He was going to his uncle place through some back alleys. A few dogs chased him to main road where death in the shape of security officials awaited him. Eyewitnesses said he was beaten to death and was about to be dumped in bushes when some youth saw and raised a cry. His father who collected his body from police said he still had a piece of pear in his mouth, the one that his mother gave him before leaving. Police said he died in a stampede of protestors. It is altogether a different thing that there were no protests there. The picture of that small boy on a stretcher with visible bruises on his torso ( they said it was broken ribs)will remain etched in the memories of thousands of people in Kashmir because we all know we can be on that stretcher in no time. His father kept wailing what was the fault of his son but he knew there will be no justice.

There are more such stories; a father was killed when he went out to buy milk for his daughter. A boy was killed when he went out to buy medicine for his brother, a brother left paralyzed by the bullets of security forces many years back. A 16 year old was killed when people coming out of a mosque after prayers were stopped which resulted in an argument leading to firing on the unarmed people. An unproved firing on peaceful protestors killed a 35 year old who refused to take water saying he was fasting (the month of Ramzan has started). He died fasting. A Journalism student was bundled into their vehicle by security forces in front of so many people and then his body was found after a few days. One hand was missing and his nailed were pulled out apart from other proofs of torture.

What is the government doing, it’s creating more violence. It’s creating a bigger problem than solving it. A small boy saw his friend die in such an incident for no apparent reason. Seeing his blood has changed the small boy for ever. He has become so violent that whenever there is a protest or disturbance they sent him to a relatives place in a far off village. They can do this only till he is young. And we have many such people in making.

Who can do these things and get away with it. India has and it has been for more than two decades. What really pains me is how unashamed they are, how the politicians and Indian media project things. After two months the Prime Minister of India gave a statement , though he condoled the deaths there was no mention of justice being done, leave alone a promise of looking into why is it happening he didn’t say that the killings will be probed and if found guilty the forces will be tried. Instead he praised his security forces and said the country should stand by them.

The Indian media is busy misleading its people. They are projecting stones to be the cause of killings. Here the point is not a single policeman died where as 58 people died with many more having critical injuries. The bullets are deliberately aimed at vital organs with an intention to kill as corroborated time and again by doctors. Second and more important is that they are projecting the facts as if people are being killed because they protest hiding the fact that it is the killing that started the protests. India is a so called democracy and protests should be welcomed. That is idealism perhaps.

Various groups on facebook have come up to protest and the government has tracked various persons, harassed them, and filed false cases. They have not stones, they can do no violence so what is the government afraid of. Deeds speak louder than words.

The protests are going on. People are not afraid of death. Just last evening every locality witnessed protests and a lot got injured as well.

I leave you with two links.

This one is from a young Kashmiri writer vividly describing our plight.
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/Politics/Nation/Kashmir-unrest-...

And this one is from a renowned Indian columnist who has not failed to see the writing on the wall. Read this as it will give you some insight about the Kashmir problem.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/opinion/sa-aiyar//Independence-D...

Another kid who was beaten.

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olutosin's picture

MY HEART BLEEDS

Because the world refuses to act!
Thanks Nusrat for the unrelenting effort and the love for the indigent. May the protection og the Lord abide with you dear friend.
It is so sad that nothing is being done about the situation presently just as if it is not happening or as if the lives lost are mere insects...harmful insects...Oh God, this is what human being scan put an end to without calling God, yes we find it hard to find lasting solution....Hmn

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
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Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks dear and sorry for

Thanks dear and sorry for taking so much time. I am having little access to net these days.

Nusrat

noreens's picture

Hi Nusrat, I read your words

Hi Nusrat,

I read your words with such sadness. It is amazing what human beings can do to each other. It reminds me of places closer to my home - Gaza and the West Bank. The cruelty that people can inflict on each other is unfortunately a harsh reality. The full story is not always told in the media so it's is good that there are people like you to tell the world the story from the citizen's point of view. Keep safe!

Noreen

Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks. We have much in

Thanks. We have much in common.

Nusrat

Farona's picture

It’s indeed a tragic

It’s indeed a tragic situation ! it’s refreshing to see various citizen journos using social media to report previously
under -reported stories from the region – brutal incidents in Kashmir has always been neglected in traditional broadcast and print media, ‘consistent reporting’ has also been an issue. Major media outlets only focus for few minutes ‘when something goes terribly wrong’ !

I recall, when I was 10-12 year old, I used to get visibly upset with insufficient coverage of places like Kashmir and others

Stay safe Nusrat !

And continue highlighting the situation...

Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks , we have been

Thanks , we have been confined to our homes for so long now . With limited or rather no access to net updating or keeping in touch has been a problem.

Love

Nusrat

ArtByMia's picture

Checking in

Hello Nusrat,

Hope things are getting a little better. My prayers are with you and your family. Please let me know if there is anything that can be done from the states.

Peace and light, Mia

Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks . Things rare getting

Thanks . Things rare getting from bad to worse. Sorry I don't have much net access to tell u more right now.

Love

Nusrat

Starland's picture

As always

As always, Nusrat, my prayers are with you and all the innocent people in Kashmir. Please be safe. Keep us posted so we all know you are OK.

love
K-lee

K-lee Starland, Ph.D.

Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks, will tell u more once

Thanks, will tell u more once I have access to net.

Love

Nusrat

Debra L's picture

My thoughts are with you...

Dear Nusrat - I know that things are getting tough for you to communicate. I am so proud of your efforts. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Debra

Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks a ton. Love

Thanks a ton.

Love

Nusrat

Khulud's picture

following Kashmir

Hi Nusrat,
I was following these incidents through personal correspondence with a dear friend of mine who lives in Kashmir. It was devastating to hear first-hand testimonies.
Like Noreen said - it is very close to what is happening to Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, so my heart goes out to all Kashmiri women, children and men.
I myself am not subjected to such atrocities, as I am a Palestinian citizen of Israel, so my stories are much more subtle, with issues of institutionalized discrimination in all areas of life, and facing raw racism on the streets of my hometown, like the one you commented on about the bus ride.
Please keep us updated about the situation of women in Kashmir.

in solidarity,
khulud

Nusrat Ara's picture

U can understand our plight

U can understand our plight better.

Love

Nusrat

Amei's picture

.... I hope and pray

this do not continue... I find it hard to understand why humans become so violent and so ful of hatred.... Yet, it is so true and with each passing day, yes, it is continuing....

Keep safe and strong

Salaam
Amei

Nusrat Ara's picture

We are living in a conflict

We are living in a conflict area so the probability is more.

Thanks for understanding,

Love

Nusrat

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