Various civil society groups on Saturday organized a candlelight vigil at Rajghat in Delhi to expressed solidarity with Kashmiris.
Civil societies including Khudai Khidmatgar, People Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), National Movements Front, Loksamithi, Socialist Yuva Jan Sabha, Delhi Pradesh Sarvodaya Mandal, Citizens for Democracy in Delhi jointly held the event.
"The candlelight vigil was held against the recent atrocities by armed forces and usage of pellet guns to attack children and innocents. Representatives of all these organizations raised their voices to open dialogues to end the worse condition and requested all groups to use peace and non-violent process cum dialogues instead of travelling in violent way with the help of weapons," the civil society groups said in a joint statement.
"Rajghat was intentionally selected to organise this vigil since it is the ideal place for peace and non-violence. From here the message of nonviolence should reach strongly to those who believe in violence," it said.
On this occasion Khudai Khidmatgar's Faisal Khan, Dr. Kush Kumar Singh, Humayun Hasan Arzoo expressed their views. Noted human right activist N. D. Panchouli expressed his views on behalf of Citizens for Democracy, Sani Dhiman from National Movement Front. "It is the need of time to review the way Gandhiji and Nehru ji used in developing the nation. We must treat Kashmir and Kashmiris as our part and treat them as such, instead of treating them like enemies," Panchouli said.