Pepper Guns

The death of sixty year old citizen, whether asthmatic or not in old city due to pepper gas cannot be brushed aside as something routine. It is, by all standards, a human right violation. Studies conducted on impact of pepper spray at international level have shown that it can produce respiratory, cardiac and neurological problems. The indiscriminate use of batons, rubber bullets, bullets, chemical agents including toxic form of tear gas and pepper spray has become part of mental makeup of men in uniform.
Notwithstanding the administration claiming of having instructed forces observing restrain, those injured in firing at various places have received bullets above waist that many times proves lethal. Not only during protests but also during curfew when erring calm descended on old city there were reports that police and paramilitary forces fired pepper gas in air and made people to suffer indoors. The tear gas and pepper spray ironically called non-lethal weapons have been more adversely affecting people in old age, children and even infants in the cradle. The administration perhaps is yet to realize that these abuses have chilling effect on the psyche of children that will live with them for the rest of life. In 2011, the State Human Rights Human Rights Commission had taken an exception to indiscriminate use of teargas canisters, pepper spray, and asked the state home ministry and senior police officials to restrain using these against protestors in civilian areas. The Commission had observed that ‘stone throwing was not something new to Kashmir. It has been there for past five decades. An in dealing with a group of youngsters involved in stone pelting health of old, infant and pregnant women could not be risked. It had also observed for the action of a few dozen of youngsters people could not be punished and their rights violated in any circumstances.’ It is amazing, what does the state administration want to gain out of inflicting collective punishment on people, more particularly in the old city. Such psychological wars cannot bring in perennial peace in the state but are bound to prove counterproductive. It is high time for the administrational bring in attitudinal change in men in uniform.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST

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