SRINAGAR: Two human rights defenders from Kashmir have approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to take cognisance of the firing of pellets by government forces upon an 18-month-old girl in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday.
Hiba Nisar has received pellet injury in her right eye and doctors have said she requires a surgery.
In the plea to NHRC, human rights defenders – Syed Mujtaba Hussian and Mirza Jahanzeb Beg – have sought the Action Taken Report and initiate an independent investigation against the authorities involved in the firing of pellets.
They have also demanded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the child victim on an immediate basis.
“The state government may be directed to bear all the medical expenses of the child victim,” the rights activists said in their petition.
They have also written to other international child rights institutions, special rapporteurs to United Nations and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The petitioners in a statement issued here said, “According to the report, eighteen-month-old Hiba Nisar was with her mother inside their house at Kapran village of south Kashmir’s district when pellets hit the infant in her right eye. According to victim’s mother Fancy, they were forced to leave the home due to suffocation caused by teargas shells fired by forces.”
“When she was at her door, forces fired pellets on them. Fancy covered Hiba’s face with her hand but couldn’t save her from pellets. She too received pellets on her left hand while making an unsuccessful attempt to protect her infant daughter,” the statement said.
The rights activists said the baby victim became “the youngest victim of oppression”.
“Pellet guns are used nowhere on civilian population in the world except Kashmir. On one hand, government claims to protect the girl child under the schemes like ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ but on the other hand, there are more than 50 girl pellet victims since 2016 the recent being the 18-month-old Hiba Nisar,” they said.