To mark the 30th year of their mass exodus following a genocidal campaign initiated by terrorists, several Kashmiri Pandits on Sunday stages a protest in Jammu. The protesters held placards which read -- 'Holocaust Day - 19.01.1990', and 'Kashmiri Pandits, Victims of Religious Cleansing Facing Apartheid.' They demanded justice for the victims and severe punishment for those responsible for the exodus.
President of All-State Kashmiri Pandit Conference, advocate Ravinder Raina while speaking to ANI said, "We have been observing this 'black day' since January 19, 1990, when we were driven away from our homes. My question to the government is why they have not taken up this issue seriously like revoking Article 370 and triple talaq. Why have they been silent for the last 30 years for us?"
Dr TK Bhat, General Secretary, ASKPC, said: "The terrorists drove us away from our homes by pointing their guns at us, misbehaving with our women, and killing our men. They had exiled us from our roots, and we have been living like refugees in our own country for the last 30 years." Bhat slammed the Central government for not taking appropriate action to ensure the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Hindus including Pandits.
"No one has asked about our situation. We had great expectations from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but he too has not taken any step to ensure our rehabilitation. All the governments have used us as a political tool," he added. He demanded a settlement for the Kashmiri Pandits as soon as possible, along with political empowerment and economic rehabilitation, and a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to take action against the people responsible for the genocide and exodus of Kashmiri Pandits.
Thirty years ago on this day -- January 19 -- the land of Jammu and Kashmir saw the beginning of the mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits following a genocidal campaign launched by the terrorists. Four lakh Kashmiri Pandits had to resettle outside the Valley as refugees.
(with ANI inputs)