PVWT demands ban on use of pellet guns in Kashmir

PVWT demands ban on use of pellet guns in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Pellet Victims Welfare Trust (PVWT) on Monday held a peaceful protest demonstration in Srinagar demanding ban on the use of pellet guns in Kashmir.
Scores of pellets victims from various districts of the valley assembled in press enclave here holding placards which read “Pellet Gun Lethal Weapon”, “Ban on pellet gun”, “Stop use of pellet gun”, ” Where is humanity where is UN” and “where is human rights commission”.
The protesting pellet victims said that the continuing use of pellet shot guns in Kashmir valley is not snatching only the eye sight of the youth but is also impacting their livelihood.
Mohammad Ashraf Wani, one of the pellet victims from Pulwama district said that they are demanding the government to ban the use of pellet guns in the Kashmir so that the next generation will not become the victims of this lethal weapon.
“The pellet victims have not only suffered grave physical injuries but have undergone psychological trauma and most of the victims have suffered financially as well,” Wani said.
He said that the government’s claim that the gun is a non-lethal weapon is a lie. “At least 17 deaths have occurred due to the use of pellet guns,” he said, “How is it a non-lethal weapon.”
Among the protesters was the world’s youngest pellet victim, Hiba Nisar, whose right eye was injured during pellet firing by the government forces on November 25 last year.
The protesting pellet victims appealed the common people of Kashmir valley to support the pellet victim trust, so that they can continue to help the affected pellet victims of the valley.