Govt shy of owning women pellet victims

Pulwama, Bandipora District Administrations Skip Names In Report To SHRC

SHAFAQ SHAH
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 23 2017 12:42AM | Updated Date: Nov 23 2017 12:42AM
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The list of the pellet victims submitted by the district administration Pulwama to State Human Rights Commission has skipped the names of three girls injured by government forces in Rahmoo area of the district.

Also, the district administration Bandipora in its report before the SHRC has submitted ‘Nil’ pellet injuries, ‘forgetting’ to mention the name of Masrat Jan from Bandipora who was injured in the eye by the pellets by forces.

On 31st of October 2016 three girl students from Pulwama – Ifra Shakoor, an 8th standard student, Sabroza Ahmad, a 10th standard student and Sabroza Jan, an 8th standard student were the victims of pellets fired by government forces.

The forces had cordoned the Rahmoo village and were in search of a militant. When they had no luck in finding the militant, the villagers say, they started misbehaving with the girls and accused them of being the friends of militants who helped them in fleeing.

Locals say the forces ransacked houses and also reportedly attacked the mosque. “The STF cordoned the entire village and the boys took to streets to protest. Then the forces used pellet guns,” locals said.

Ifra, whose house is on the main road at Rahmoo, came out of her house to call her younger brother and was shot in both eyes by the forces. She was taken to the district hospital Pulwama, where from she was referred to SMHS hospital for better treatment.

When the forces started smashing window panes, Sabroza left home to take refuge at Ifra’s place and the forces fired pellet on her.

Another girl of the same area, Sabroza Jan, also feared getting killed by forces and left home to find a safe destination. But the forces caught her and fired pellets straight into her eyes, locals recall.

The government has informed the State Human Rights Commission that as many as 2524 people have been injured by pellets, many in the eyes, in the eight districts of Kashmir. Of them the government has submitted a list of 1,725 victims including 59 women whose identity has been confirmed by the district administrators.

District Budgam is yet to submit the list of the injured and district Bandipora in its report has said no casualty has occurred in that district.

But the district administrator of Bandipora ‘seems unaware’ about the injury of a 12-year-old girl Masrat Jan from Lankrishpora, Bandipora.

A class 5th student was on her way to cousin’s home when a CRPF man aimed a stone at her eye. She was taken to sub-district hospital Bandipora, where from she was referred to SMHS hospital, that had received an overwhelming count of injured during the uprising of 2016, triggered by the killing of Hizb leader Burhan Muzzafar Wani.