Pellet gun which has created havoc in Kashmir and turned the valley of beauties kashmir into valley of blind is now at center-stage of global criticism especially in backdrop of recent Amnesty International report.
Amnesty International report has brought gruesome realities to fore with reference to pellet guns. Amnesty said it interviewed people aged from nine to 65.
“In his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that change in Kashmir will not come from guns or abuses – na goli, na gali. If the government truly means this, they must end the use of pellet-firing shotguns, which have caused immense suffering in Kashmir,” Aakar Patel, executive director of Amnesty International India, said in a statement.
The report named 88 people, who were injured by pellets fired by security forces to quell protests in the Valley between 2014 and 2017. Of them, 31 suffered injuries to both the eyes, with two of them losing their vision completely, the report said. Speaking on the occasion, the executive director of Amnesty International India, Aakar Patel, demanded that the central and state governments ensure “the weapons are used in line with international human rights standards”.
“Pellet guns are only used in Jammu and Kashmir and not anywhere else in India. We have raised the issue with the government and it has assured us that they will be used only in extreme situations. We were told that the government understands that the damage caused by pellets is disproportionate,” he said.
Pellet gun deserves ban if the state and central governments want to save further havoc and try to win back peoples trust.