There are widespread protests in Indian Kashmir over fake encounters. The valley has come to a total standstill.
I appreciate the cause and empathise with the parents who think their children may have been victims.
My question to Kashmiris is:
Why did you not protest when:
1. Your children left homes to join militancy? For decades??
2. Your neighbours were raped, killed and driven out of their homes just because of their religion?
Why did you not protest then? Why did you not bring the valley to a standstill when the militants were touring your villages and recruiting? Did you not know that your children were going out there to kill, rape and victimise?
How many of these photographs being brandished by the protestors, and being lapped up by the media, belong to fake encounters, and how many to young people who left to join the jehad?? Who knows that?
I had no idea that the valley could talk. Wish, really do, that the valley had spoken sooner. Much, much sooner.