16, Aug 2020 | CJP Team
In a desperate call for justice so that their legitimate demands are met, 30-40 non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits held a protest march at Srinagar’s Pratap Park to press for their demands, observing the Covid-19 protocols, the day after India celebrated its 74th Independence Day.
The very survival of the 808 non-migrant Kashmiri Pandit families in the Kashmir Valley is at stake. The Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS) has since 2007-2008 been consistently pressing for their legitimate demands that include jobs for the local youth, a social welfare relief package for the most impoverished 150 families and security. Though over 110 memorandums have been submitted, finally the KPSS has to approach the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir High Court to get their demands realised. Though Orders have been passed, the government has still to act on them.
CJP stands with the KPSS in seeking an immediate redressal of all grievances, jobs for 600 non-migrant KP youth in the Valley, a monthly cash relief package for the most needy families, and preservation of cultural and religious sites in the Valley. Join CJP in this campaign as we stand with the Kashmiri Pandit community in Jammu and Kashmir. To help us advocate for their safety and rights, please donate generously here.
The leadership is now determined to go on a Fast Unto Death from August 22-23,2020 onwards if the demands are not met.
Today, from 11.30 a.m. they are holding a protest march at the Pratap Park, near Lal Chowk, Srinagar.
The Press Release issued by the KPSS may be read here:
Images from the protest may be viewed here:
CJP has launched an online petition urging the people of India to come together to appeal to the Central Government and Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha to walk the talk on alleviating suffering of these families.