Doctors protest ‘unabated use of force’

Doctors from Government Medical College Srinagar and its associated hospitals on Thursday staged a peaceful protest demonstration against “unabated use of force” on protesters in Kashmir and asked the international community to take cognizance of the situation.
Doctors protest ‘unabated use of force’
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Doctors from Government Medical College Srinagar and its associated hospitals on Thursday staged a peaceful protest demonstration against "unabated use of force" on protesters in Kashmir and asked the international community to take cognizance of the situation.

Holding placards which read 'stop use of pellets' and 'freedom from unrest, uncertainty and bloodbath', scores of doctors and paramedics assembled in the GMC lawns to protest the "gross human rights violations" in Kashmir.

"Nobody can tell the tale of horror better than a doctor who treats the victims. The doctors' community has seen worst kind of trauma during the past 27 days—be it disclosing the news of a young victim's death to his parents or the news of permanent blindness to the patient itself," read a memorandum that was released by the protesting doctors.

From July 9, when Kashmir erupted against the killing of militant commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani, the SMHS hospital has received 773 injured with 333 of them having pellet injuries in eye (s) and 61 others hit with bullets.

"Even toddlers and women have not been spared and the pattern of injuries depicts the clear intention of inflicting maximum hurt," said Dr Adil Ashraf of SMHS hospital.

He said from July 9 when the authorities declared a medical emergency in hospitals, no steps have been taken till date to "stop killings and grievous injuries" to people.

Doctors said the situation was worsening with each passing day while referring to the continuous flow of persons with pellet and bullet injuries at the hospital.

Dr Khawar said it was disappointing on part of the world bodies including the Amnesty International and the United Nations to maintain silence on "unabated use of force" on Kashmiris.

"As a doctor I can render my clinical services but I can't prevent use of pellet and bullet guns by forces. Somebody has to take note of it but the silence of the world bodies is disappointing," he said. "It's is a war crime when forces respond with pellets and bullets on youth and resort to teargas shelling inside hospital corridors and beat patients."

Dr Adil said faculty members, doctors, paramedics, post-graduates, medical students and employees participated in the protest.

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