“Stop Genocide in Kashmir,” Women chant while protesting in IOK

  • Thousands protest in IOK to reiterate their right to self-determination.
  • Kashmiris are demanding freedom since the partition of the subcontinent.
  • “Stop Genocide in Kashmir,” Wake Up World,” people chanted while protesting in IOK.
  • People in IOK are kept under curfew-like restrictions since August 5.
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Thousands took to streets in protest of the illegal occupation of Kashmir by Indian administration after the revocation of Article 370 and 35A from the state constitution. Women and young were also part of the protest and chanted slogans against the hegemonic designs of India.

These two constitutional provisions were crucial to Jammu and Kashmir’s autonomous status but BJP’s re-elected Government unilaterally removed these provisions without taking the opinion of the state’s legislature.

The part of Kashmir that is currently held by India is in a constant state of lockdown since August 5 when India took the extraordinary move. People’s suffering within the valley is on the rise since the deployment of extra-troops by the center and people took to streets and roads to protest despite curfew-like restrictions.

“Stop Genocide in Kashmir,” Wake Up World,” people chanted while protesting in IOK after Friday Prayers, Time Magazine reported. The security forces which are nowadays in an extra number in the disputed region responded with tear gas, chili grenades, and pellet-guns.

Center has also arrested many of the Kashmir’s political leaders and journalists are also not allowed to report freely within the disputed Himalayan region. UNSC held its closed-door meeting yesterday discussing the issue of a nuclear flashpoint between the nuclear-armed neighbors – India and Pakistan.

Indian Government claims to ease the restrictions in the Kashmir but no breakthrough has since been seen. Petitions challenging to the unilateral decision by the center have also been heard at the Indian Supreme Court but no immediate relief was provided to the people of Kashmir to ease the ongoing restrictions and to restore the territory’s special status.

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