Indian force again uses Kashmiri youths as human shields


SRINAGAR, June 19 (TNS): Another video emerged on social media showing Indian soldiers using innocent Kashmiri youths as ‘human shields’ to safeguard themselves against stones being pelted at them by the protesters.

The video showed coward soldiers forcing four Kashmiri youths sit on the ground in front of their vehicle.

Earlier in April, the first video surfaced in which an Indian army officer had tied a Kashmiri youth to the front of his vehicle using him as ‘human shield’ in order to avoid rocks from coming his way by the protesting Kashmiris.

The youth, Farooq Ahmed Dar, was paraded for four hours in a village as a warning to protesting locals.

Following public outcry on social media, the then chief minister of IoK, Mehbooba Mufti, had ordered police to submit a report, while the Indian army said it had been analysing the video and its credibility.

Pertinent to mention here that a United Nations report  on Thursday accused India of having used excessive force in IoK to martyr and wound civilians since 2016, as it called for an international inquiry into the accusations of rights violations.

The first UN report on human rights in Indian-occupied Kashmir focuses mainly on serious violations in the region from July 2016 to April 2018.