ISLAMABAD - As human rights violations by the Indian occupying forces take a darker turn, the Kashmir Media Service has reported that since 2016, more than 10,000 protestors have been shot at with pellet guns and teargassed.
Approximately 900 women have been gang-raped and molested and more than 3,000 structures, including business and residential, have been destroyed.
Earlier, United Nations human rights experts called on India to lift the lockdown and communication blockade it had imposed on occupied Kashmir as a global advocacy group focusing on genocide issued an alert for the disputed region.
In a strongly-worded statement released by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the experts urged India to end what it termed a form of ‘collective punishment’ on Kashmiris.
“The shutdown of the internet and telecommunication networks, without justification from the government [of India], are inconsistent with the fundamental norms of necessity and proportionality,” the statement quoted the experts as saying.
“The blackout is a form of collective punishment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir , without even a pretext of a precipitating offence.”