How Many Children Will Kashmir’s “Non-Lethal” Pellet Guns Blind?

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How Many Children Will Kashmir’s “Non-Lethal” Pellet Guns Blind?

Illustration: Saachi Mehta

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ineteen-month-old Hiba Nisar had nothing to do with the clashes ensuing outside her home in Kabrin in Shopian district on Sunday morning following an encounter with security forces. Yet when her mother opened the door to their house because her five-year-old son, Hiba’s elder brother, was getting breathless due to the tear-gas shelling outside, the security personnel did not hesitate to fire pellets at the unsuspecting family.

Hiba underwent a surgery immediately but doctors at Srinagar’s Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital fear she might lose sight in one eye. Hiba has now become the youngest victim of these “non-lethal weapons”.

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