Since Kashmiris are boycotting the schools to protect their children, the Indian Army is now billeting paramilitary troops in the empty classrooms. Paramilitary troops are mercenaries whether or not they wear a uniform & are used by many militaries as auxiliary forces. They’re working for the money even if they have the same ideological commitments as the Indian government in Kashmir. Mostly they’re amoral guns for hire. The Geneva Conventions (which are anyway universally flouted) do not recognize them as ‘legitimate combatants’, however the hell that is defined in colonial wars, occupations, genocide. They do not receive legal protections under the Geneva Accords but then neither are most soldiers prosecuted for war crimes under the Accords. What the paramilitary status provides is a license to commit war crimes with impunity.

Demand the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all Indian troops from Kashmir.