Pellet victims protest in Srinagar to demand ban on pellet shotguns
Members of Pellet Victims Welfare Trust held a demonstration at Press enclave in Srinagar on Monday, May 21, 2019 against continuous use of pellet guns in Kashmir by police and paramilitary forces. Habib Naqash/GK

Pellet victims protest in Srinagar to demand ban on pellet shotguns

Among the demonstrators was also youngest pellet victim of Kashmir, Hiba Nisar who was accompanied by her mother.

The members of the Pellet Victims Welfare Trust held ademonstration at Press enclave in Srinagar against continuous use of pelletguns in Kashmir by the police and paramilitary forces.

The protesters demanded ban on pellet guns as hundreds ofpeople in all age groups have been rendered completely blind by the pellets.They were also requesting support to the victims of pellet guns as they havesuffered immensely and continue to suffer.

Among the demonstrators was also youngest pellet victim ofKashmir, Hiba Nisar who was accompanied by her mother.

On 23 November 2018, Hiba who was just 18 months old whenher eye was ruptured by pellets fired by the security forces inside her home atKapran, a village in the southern Shopian district.

Later, the government extended financial help to thisyoungest victim and deposited Rs one lac in her fixed account for three years.

 "We want end to useof pellet guns. I as a mother can feel the pain of all mothers whose sons anddaughters have been hit with the pellets," Marsala Jan, her mother, toldthe media persons.

She said that Hiba has to visit a hospital in Srinagar every fifteen days for check up. "The pellets have ruined her life. She weeps during night and day due to pain. The contact with dust causes more pain in her eyes and she starts pulling her hair in distress," she said.

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