Demo against civilian killings in Kashmir held in Delhi

SRINAGAR: A protest demonstration was held in Indian capital New Delhi on Saturday to protest against recent civilian killings in northern Kashmir.

Around 50 demonstrators, including student activists and politicians, held the demonstration at Jantar Mantar, and demanded action against those responsible for killing of five unarmed civilians in Kupwara district of Kashmir, where tension erupted after an alleged molestation bid on a local schoolgirl by an army man on April 12.

The demo was called by All India Students’ Association (AISA), which raised concern over the killings and releasing of the “molestation victim’s” video statement by police, yesterday.

The demonstrators displayed placards to demand action against the culprits and repealing of controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from Jammu and Kashmir.

On the occasion, National Secretary of All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA), Kavita Krishnan, said, “The Handwara episode is also a lesson in how the laws are openly violated with impunity. In a shocking violation of the law, a video of the minor girl complainant was uploaded and circulated on media and social media, exposing her identity.”

Congress leader, Salman Nizami, said the harassment of Kashmiri students outside Jammu and Kashmir would not be tolerated at any cost. “First they molest a little girl and then give it a different colour. It is a travesty of justice that the PDP-BJP govt are maintaining a criminal silence over the issue,” he said.

Nizami said there were a hundred demonstrators and an equal number of policemen were deployed at the venue.

Vice President of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU), Shehla Rashid, thanked the participants for showing concern over the killings. However, in a post on Facebook later today, she said a journalist from a Hindi newspaper asked a young Kashmiri boy if he was carrying a Pakistani flag. “TRP hungry media need to think, what is this boy going to now think about Indian democracy?” she asked. (