Stop using pellet-firing shotguns in Kashmir: HRW

The human rights watchdog, Human Rights Watch, has asked Government of India to prohibit security forces in Jammu and Kashmir from using shotguns firing metal pellets to disperse crowds

In a statement, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch, Meenakshi Ganguly, said: “Time and again, Indian law enforcement’s use of shotguns in Kashmir has resulted in shocking, grievous injuries of protesters and bystanders.”

“Indian authorities need to recognize that this weapon fired into crowds, even with violent demonstrators, will invariably cause indiscriminate and excessive injury in violation of international standards,” she said in the statement.

“The Indian government should cease the use of shotguns firing metal pellets and review its crowd control techniques to meet international standards,” Ganguly said.