26 June: UN marks the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture


Every year, on 26 June, UN marks the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, reminding the world to condemn torture and show solidarity with those suffering. The continued annexation of the Kashmir valley intensified after August 2019, when India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in its constitution. Over 800,000 security forces from the Indian army, paramilitary forces/ police have been deployed in the disputed region. They are armed with special powers (Armed Forces’ Jammu and Kashmir’ Special Powers Act, 1990) and PSA (Public Safety Act-1978) as a carte blanche. This gives Indian security forces absolute authority to detain, capture, kidnap, kill/ dump and keep people incommunicado without being called to accountability. Indian security forces have “employed rape, torture, degrading treatment and killings of Kashmiri women as instruments of state terrorism.” Women, men and children living in IIOJK have "faced pellet guns, sexual assault, electrocution, and physical and mental torture" at the hands of Indian forces. The genocide in IIOJK continues unabated leaving a blotch on India’s face of a 'so-called champion of human rights'. Brutalities in IIOJK reveals a data of over 96,000 killings of Kashmiris, 22,900 plus each widows and 107,860 orphans, 6,000 mass graves and over 8,000 enforced disappearances. The 77th UNGA session is a test case for the global organization to bail out the beleaguered population of IIOJK from perpetual humiliation, oppression and subjugation by more than half a million Indian security forces. Indian violence in IIOJK is "going towards genocide." The Indian military openly commits war crimes against women, the elderly and children. Every house, every family in the Valley has stories to tell of torture and degradation at the hands of the Indian forces.