April 25, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
NewYork: While most of the mainstream Indian media has completely sidelined the issue of abuse of a Kashmiri youth as human shield in Kashmir almost two weeks back, the New York Times has termed it as ‘new low’ reached by the India armed forces in relentless human rights abuses in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
In its editorial dated 21st April 2017, the New York Times strongly condemned this act in which a Kashmiri youth Farooq Ahmad Dhar was tied by the fender of the Jeep by Indian Army and used as human shield.
The abuse of Farooq Dhar occurred the day Kashmiris voted to fill a seat in the local Srinagar assembly. Following a call by separatists to boycott the election, only 7 percent of local Kashmiri voters turned out to vote, a low not seen in 27 years. Eight people were killed amid reports of widespread violence. A new vote was held on April 13, but only 2 percent of voters showed up. Farooq Dhar a weaver by profession, who says he never supported the separatists, complained: “I voted, and this is what I got in return. Do you think it will help India in Kashmir? No. It will give Kashmiris another reason to hate India.”reads a quote from the editorial published in New York Times.
Furthermore, the editorial quoted Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat saying that action will be taken against those responsible for tying Farooq Dhar to the jeep. But he has also thundered against Kashmir’s stone-throwing youth and separatist militants, saying in February: “They may survive today, but we will get them tomorrow. Our relentless operations will continue”.
The print is of the view that such posturing will only doom Kashmir to a deadly spiral, where more brutal military tactics will feed more despair and more militancy.
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