[Marxism] Report from Kashmir

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Wed Aug 21 20:18:02 MDT 2019

Report from Kashmir - the entire place is on lockdown. Soldiers abusing
people, "arresting" (=abducting) boys and molesting women and girls.

"In every village we visited, as well as in downtown Srinagar, there were
very young schoolboys and teenagers who had been arbitrarily picked up by
police or army/paramilitary and held in illegal detention. We met a
11-year-old boy in Pampore who had been held in a police station between 5
August and 11 August. He had been beaten up, and he said there were boys
even younger than him in custody, from nearby villages.

Hundreds of boys and teens are being picked up from their beds in midnight
raids. The only purpose of these raids is to create fear. Women and girls
told us of molestation by armed forces during these raids. Parents feared
meeting us and telling us about the “arrests” (abductions) of their boys.
They are afraid of Public Security Act cases being filed. The other fear is
that the boys may be “disappeared” – i.e killed in custody and dumped in
mass graves of which Kashmir has a grim history. As one neighbour of an
arrested boy said, “There is no record of these arrests. It is illegal
detention. So if the boy “disappears” – i.e is killed in custody – the
police/army can just say they never had him in custody in the first place.”'


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