Srinagar: The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik termed the present situation in Kashmir as extremely alarming.

The JRL in a statement issued to press said that the uninterrupted killings, mass arrests, blinding and maiming of even toddlers are eye-opener for those who believe in India being the world’s largest democracy.

“The way the GoI and its installed stooges unleash state terror on people of Kashmir which is akin to genocide, it is time that every segment and section of our subjugated society forge greater unity among themselves to fight New Delhi’s onslaught in unison and highlight the situation before world,” JRL said.

The leaders added, “The repression in Kashmir is one of its kind that has a parallel in what is happening in Palestine as GoI takes cue from Israel in new forms of oppression.”

“The war crimes being committed by the lakhs of forces deployed in the length and breadth of Kashmir have reached a stage where forces don’t even show mercy at 18-month-old babies and pump pellets into their eyes and snatch their vision.”

In order to attract world attention towards the “extremely grim HR situation” in Kashmir and to show severe resentment against it, the leadership urged people to observe “human rights week” from December 3 to 9.

In this connection, candle light and torch procession outside all the masjids and shrines and in every locality and town across Kashmir after Magrib prayers should be held each day of the week. Black flags and banners should also be hoisted, they said.

The leadership urged members of civil society, Bar Association, Chamber of Commerce, Traders Federation, Employees Unions, social and political organizations, religious groups, and transporters to stage protest at their own level each day from December 3 to December 9.

They also urged the religious scholars, imams of shrines and masjids across Kashmir to raise their voice against repression and to make a fervent appeal to the world community to intervene and build pressure on New Delhi to stop the “grave human rights violations” in Kashmir.

The JRL urged the world peace organizations, international community, Amnesty International, Asia Watch, UNHRC and ICRC to take note of the Kashmir situation “where innocent people are subjected to various forms of torture and oppression” and build pressure on New Delhi to stop the “grave human rights violation” forthwith.