Using live ammunition against protesting stone throwers in Kashmir valley is strongly condemned by social activists, working in various fields in India. in a conference held in Mumbai on September third, they demanded that the government immediately halt the use of arms by security forces against stone throwers to end the turmoil in the Kashmir valley that has raged as a consequence of the killing innocent Kashmiris over the last 3 months. The conference is convened by Peace Mumbai, a network of several social organisations. The meeting also called for an immediate withdrawal of security forces from the civilian areas of Jammu & Kashmir. At least 70 people have been killed in firing by security forces, including boys and girls below the age of 15 years, in August alone.
The conference lasted throughout the day going under the title “Kashmir at Crossroads: The Way Forward." The meeting passed a resolution demanding that all parties of various perspectives return immediately to the negotiating table that also said the solution can be obtained only by initiating the political process. The conference expressed concern over naked violations of human rights for the Kashmir people and urged the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to implement his promise of zero tolerance for all human rights violations in Kashmir. The Prime Minister was asked to repeal the draconian laws such as ‘the Armed Forces (Special Powers Act) and ‘the Public Safety Act’ that gave security forces the authority to kill innocent people at will in Kashmir.
The Armed Forces (Special Powers Act) has been widely condemned, even in North-East states like Manipur. Twelve middle-aged Manipuri women protested without a single piece of clothing on their bodies in front the headquarters of the army forces, displaying a banner reading “Indian Army, Rape Us” in protest against brutal rape and killing of a Manipuri woman aged about 30 years, named Thanglam Manorama. Indian Army and security forces have been given extraordinary powers under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958 to search, seize, arrest and even kill anyone suspected of being an insurgent in order to "maintain the public order." Armed with these acts along with guns, security forces are causing enormous misery and humiliation daily for Kashmiris.