Srinagar: The pellet victims on Saturday staged a demonstration here and appealed people for “care and support” to meet their financial and medical needs.
Under the banner of Pellet Victims Welfare Trust (PVWT), the victims assembled at press enclave here and sought help from the general public.
The PVWT president Amir Hussain Dar, who himself is pellet a victim, said the Trust takes care of hundreds of pellet victims.
He said the PVWT was formed by pellet victims in 2017 and presently, over 1200 victims are being financially and medically facilitated by the Trust which is supported and funded by people.
Amir said hundreds of pellet victims who have partially or completely lost their eyesight are unable able to meet the financial and medical needs without the support of people.
“Every pellet victim has to undergo multiple eye surgeries so the financial burden on our families has been immense,” he said.
Thousands of people in Kashmir mostly youth sustained pellet injuries during last few years during clashes with government forces, the PVWT president added.
“We request the common people to support us in whatever possible way. As a part of society, we are in need of your care and support,” a girl from south Kashmir, hit by pellets in 2016, said.
Another victim, who has stopped her studies on the recommendation of doctors, said the pellets have affected the eyesight of hundreds of youth like her. “All are suffering in one way or the other,” she said.
“I would have been studying in college if not hit by pellets,” she added.