Today marks the 34th anniversary of the Handwara massacre, a dark chapter in Kashmir's history where, according to local media reports, Indian security forces allegedly killed over 30 Kashmiris and injured hundreds during a protest in 1990.
The incident, which occurred on January 25, 1990, continues to be shrouded in controversy.
Kashmiri activists and media outlets allege that the protest was peaceful and that security forces used excessive force, even denying medical aid to the injured.
Human Rights Watch raises concerns about the Indian government potentially underreporting the casualty numbers and failing to file an FIR, hindering investigations.
Despite protests and appeals, justice for the victims of the Handwara massacre remains elusive after 34 years.
The Indian Supreme Court's lack of action further fuels frustration and anger among Kashmiris.
Organizations like Al Jazeera claim that over 100,000 innocent Kashmiris have been killed by Indian forces in the region, highlighting the wider issue of alleged human rights abuses.
It's important to note that the Indian government offers a different narrative, often citing national security concerns and portraying the incident as a response to violence initiated by protestors.
However, the lack of independent investigations and conflicting reports leave many questions unanswered.