Kashmir In Chaos: What Are Pellet Guns & How Are They Turning To Be Lethal For Kashmiris?
The complicated Kashmir issue has just got worse after the recent clashes between civilians and security forces and police in the valley. The clashes have claimed at least 38 lives and hundreds more have got injured seriously. The police who tried to quell the protests had used pellets which in turn have seriously or permanently impaired eyesight of more than hundreds including women and children. Police claim that it is a “non lethal weapon”, but doctors treating pellet victims say it maims a person forever. Taking stock of the situation, the central government has dispatched eye specialists to aid the treatment of the injured.
What are pellets?
Some of the ill effects of the recent episodes
The way forward – Dialogue
Kashmir issue has taken a lot of lives which includes our own army and our own people who live in the valley. The question we should ask ourselves how far are we going to go or are we keep sacrificing the lives of our own army and people without solving the issue. The issue is making us (Indians, Armed forces, Police & Indian citizens of Kashmir) lose more be it life, be it resources, be it relationships and what not. The recent incident has further alienated our brothers in Kashmir. For once, all stake holders should take a step back and take a birds eye view of what is happening there and what is the best way forward. All stake holders should come to the table and iron out issues, build trust among each other and foundations have to be laid for the future i.e schools, colleges, roads, bridges.