It’s probably true that young men & boys are the primary victims of pellet guns in Kashmir. Young men & boys are the primary targets of violence against Palestinians & against the US Black community. But in Kashmir, many young children & elderly in the vicinity of protests have also been struck & injured. Women play a central role in protests & are among those permanently disfigured & disabled. This is then 35-year-old Shakeela Begum from Sheeri who in 2018 was pummeled with pellets on her chest & face. Pellets entered both of her eyes, leaving her with only 10-percent of her vision. The life of working women is hard enough without the permanent health problems sustained from pellet injuries.
Stand with Kashmiris & demand India end the use of pellet munitions & demand the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all Indian forces from Kashmir.
(Photo by Camillo Pasquarelli)