Kashmiri Pandits protested against the discrimination at the hands of Indian government
Demand ‘Right to Vote’
‘Roots in Kashmir’, a global youth initiative of the Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus) on Sunday in New Delhi protested against the discrimination faced by them at the hands of the Indian government and authorities concerned.
Along with Roots in
Hundreds of protesters from all age groups were seen participating in the silent sit-in protest at Jantar Mantar wearing black cloth on their mouth. Protesters demanded that voting procedure for the migrants be simplified to ensure their 100% participation in the democratic process, dispensing of M-Forms and issuance of Election Photo Identity Cards alleged that despite the assurance of Chief Election Commissioner, nothing substantial emerged over one month. “We fail to understand why this M-form (migration form) system is there when photo identity cards could be made for the exiled Pandit voters. The M-form system should be deleted from the process in order to ease the lengthy enrolment and voting process.” the group release said. “We are not migrants but refugees in our own country; we are Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) under United Nations guidelines” it said further.
To escape persecution, more than 400,000 Kashmiri Pandits had to leave their homes and hearths back in the valley. Even after 19 years of mass exodus, more than 50,000 of these Kashmiri Pandit refugees are living in ‘animal like state’ in uninhabitable refugee camps.
The number of electoral members of the Pandit community has dropped considerably from the voter list (electoral rolls) of the
While separatists get to election fray the Pandits are once again marginalized. With polling facilities in only two cities in
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