'They're marauding our homes like a victorious army': Kashmiris accuse Indian troops of beatings, abuse

Posted In: News Date:Sep 10th, 2019

The Indian soldiers descended on Bashir Ahmed Dar's house in the south of occupied Kashmir on August 10, a few days after the government in New Delhi stripped Kashmiris of the special autonomy they had for seven decades through a rushed presidential order and launched a crackdown.

Over the next 48 hours, the 50-year-old plumber said he was subjected to two separate rounds of beatings by soldiers.

They demanded that he find his younger brother, who had joined Kashmiris opposing India's presence in the Muslim majority region, and persuade him to surrender or else "face the music".

In the second beating, at a military camp, Dar said he was struck with sticks by three soldiers until he was unconscious.

He woke up at home, "unable to sit on my bruised and bloodied buttocks and aching back," he added.

But it wasn't over.

On August 14, soldiers returned to his house in the village of Heff Shirmal and destroyed his family's supply of rice and other foodstuffs by mixing it with fertiliser and kerosene.

Dar's account of violence and intimidation by Indian soldiers was not unusual.