DAK expresses dismay over court decision on pellet guns


Srinagar, Sep 22: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today expressed dismay over Jammu and Kashmir High Court’s decision turning down a plea seeking ban on the use of pellet guns for crowd control.

 Disappointed by the decision, President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that refusal of ban on the use of pellet guns and justifying their use is unfortunate.

State High court on Wednesday rejected ban on the use of pellet guns that have maimed and blinded hundreds of civilians.

This is a chilling verdict.


Court has not realized the predicament and pitiable condition of the victims who are hurt by the ruling.

We were hopeful that court will bring relief to people but this astounding move has dashed all hopes.

Despite public uproar and obvious lethality, court has declined to prohibit use of pellet guns.

Allowing the use of these deadly weapons as crowd control agents has come as a surprise to us.

Pellets have not only maimed and blinded people but they have left many dead.

They have turned lives of injured into half-lives.

The use of pellet gun is not in line with international standards and violates basic norms of human rights.

Protests occur in other parts of the country as well, but pellets are not used on them.

Lodged in pellets are dangerous as they have the potential to move and damage vital organs.

Retained pellets are poisonous and are particularly toxic to children.

In the current unrest more than 800 people were blinded by pellets and more than 1,350 persons have received injuries to other parts of the body other than eyes.

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