Fifty individuals from the European Parliament have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting a conclusion to utilization of pellet weapons for group control and the annulment of laws like AFSPA and PSA in Jammu and Kashmir.

“We, the undersigned, in our ability as chose Members of the European Parliament, are keeping in touch with you to express our grave worry about the past and continuous human rights infringement against individuals in Kashmir, as announced in an ongoing OHCHR1 report,” the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) said in a joint letter, dated 25 March, to the Prime Minister.

The individuals refered to the instance of a 19-month-old pellet unfortunate casualty from Shopian region, Hiba Nisar, who was harmed in November a year ago.

“We especially note the shocking instance of 19-month old youngster who was gravely harmed by a pellet firearm (BBC report). We are worried that the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act 1990 (AFSPA) and the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act 1978 (PSA) give security powers virtual resistance against arraignment for any human rights infringement,” the letter read.

The individuals requested the utilization of pellet firearms be ceased promptly, further requesting that the administration bring all pertinent Indian laws into consistence with worldwide human rights measures.

The European Parliamentarians said the administration should “give full and viable reparation and restoration to the individuals who have been harmed by pellet-discharging shotguns, and to the groups of those slaughtered.”

They requested that the administration build up autonomous and fair examinations concerning all “mishaps where the utilization of pellet-shooting shotguns prompted passings or genuine wounds.


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