“My World is Dark” — State Violence and Pellet-firing Shotgun Victims from the 2016 Uprising in Kashmir

“My World is Dark” — State Violence and Pellet-firing Shotgun Victims from the 2016 Uprising in Kashmir

Since 2010, Indian military and paramilitary forces have used pellet guns on peaceful protestors as well as bystanders and even people inside their homes. The pellet guns fire cartridges containing 450-600 lead pellets with sharp edges. When fired, the cartridges burst, spraying pellets indiscriminately. These supposedly “non-lethal” weapons have left hundreds of people maimed and blinded. Pellet gun injuries have also proved fatal in many cases.

This report records testimonies from 23 victims of pellet gun injuries. These show how their injuries have completely transformed the victims’ lives and destroyed their futures, rendering people unemployed and impoverished, in a helpless state.