Every year the 27 October is observed as Kashmir Black Day all around the world.

It was on this unfortunate day in 1947 that the Indian army forcibly occupied Jammu & Kashmir against the wishes of its people. Since then this beautiful land has been witnessing state terrorism unleashed upon its people.

The Kashmir issue has recently gained traction globally due to the current Indian government’s abrupt annexation of state of the Jammu & Kashmir on 5 August 2019 by abrogation of Article 370 of Constitution, which gave the state a special autonomous status.

This unilateral step is illegal as it was without any consultation with the Kashmiri people. This action by the Hindu nationalist Indian government is an attempt to dilute the demographics of Muslim-majority Kashmir with Hindu settlers.

The communication is completely cut off, and curfew imposed confining people to their houses for the last three months. There are reports of indiscriminate detentions, beatings and torture by the security forces. Children as young as 13 forcibly taken away and some kept at unknown locations outside Kashmir.

The Washington Post interviewed 19 people in 13 villages who said they had been abused in the days after 5 August and reported “beatings with rods, sticks and cables, electric shocks, and being hung upside down for long periods.” The Indian government denies the allegations, yet it does not allow independent observers to enter into Kashmir.

Indigenous Kashmiris are being denied their fundamental right of self-determination while being imprisoned in their own land.

This world is silent on injustice imposed on Kashmiri people with their human rights violations. This silence is deafening.

The world must raise their  voices for innocent Kashmiris.

World leaders must demand that India end its illegal siege on this beautiful valley of Kashmir and give its people a chance to choose their destiny.