ACCORDING to a report on human rights violations in 'Indian Occupied Kashmir' 100,000 Kashmiris have been killed during the liberation struggle since 1989.

Besides, 7,023 custodial killings and 122,771 arrests have occurred, 105,996 houses or buildings have been destroyed, 22, 776 women widowed, 107,446 children orphaned and 10,086 women have been gang-raped or molested over the last three decades.

Indian security forces have continued such atrocities and used draconian and fascist laws such as the Jammu and Kashmir Disturbed Areas Act, the Armed Forces [Jammu and Kashmir] Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act for killing and arbitrarily arresting individuals for indefinite periods.

Such inhuman laws have been used to suppress dissent in IOK and to unleash a region of terror particularly in its Muslim population.

Apart from the Human Rights Watch, in its various reports, Amnesty International has also pointed out grave human rights violations in IOK by lamenting that, ''the Muslim majority population in Kashmir Valley suffers from the repressive tactics of security forces.''

In a 2015 report, Amnesty International highlighted the extrajudicial killings of innocent people at the hands of the Indian security forces in IOK.

The report states, ''Tens of thousands of security forces are deployed in Indian-administered Kashmir........the Armed Forces Special Power Act allows troops to shoot to kill suspected militants or arrest them without a warrant................not a single member of the armed forces have been tried in a civilian court for violating human rights in Kashmir...................this lack of accountability has in turn facilitated other serious abuses.................

India had martyred 100,000 people. More than 8,000 disappeared [while] in the custody of army and state police,'' in 2008, a rights group reported the discovery of unmarked graves in 55 villages in the northern region of IOK.

Later thousands of unmarked graves were reported to be found by researchers and other groups.

In August 2011, the Indian Jammu and Kashmir State and Human Rights Commission officially acknowledged that innocent civilians killed in the past two decades have been buried in unmarked graves.

According to various writers, ''foreign sources and human rights organisation have revealed that unnamed graves include those innocent persons, killed by the Indian military and paramilitary troops in the fake encounters including those who were tortured to death by the Indian secret agency RAW.

The World Students Society thanks author Dr. Moonis Ahmar, Professor of International Relations at the University of Karachi and former Dean Faculty of Social Sciences.


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