Indo-European Kashmir Forum in association with Hindu Council UK, will commemorate The Kashmiri Hindu Martyrs’ Day on Saturday 8 September,2018 at the International Siddhathram Shakti Centre ,22,Palmerston Road, Harrow HA3 7RR . The event will begin at 2.00 pm and will be concluded at 5.00 pm.
The Kashmiri Hindus’ Martyrs Day falls on 14 September, we pay tribute and salute all those Kashmiri Pandit/Hindu men ,women and the people in the Armed Forces of India, who sacrificed their lives to keep us safe and free.
September 14 marks the beginning of atrocities for the exiled Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus which they suffered at the hands of terrorists in 1989.It is a sad reminder of what Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus have been through because it is on 14 September ,1989 when the killings of majority Pandits/Hindus of the Kashmir Valley began.The selective killings led to the ethnic cleaning of the Pandits , Hindus and Sikhs from the Valley and finally to their tragic exodus.They became refugees in their own country.In 1989 on September 14th Pandit Tika Lal Taploo,a prominent lawyer,a social activist and the Vice President of the State unit BJP,was gunned down by militants outside his own house in Srinagar .He was the first victim of the militancy in the Valley which followed the barbaric killing of many more Valley Pandits/Hindus and these killings were committed against Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus by militants in the name of ‘Azadi’-Freedom.Terrorists targeted many prominent Pandis/Hindus.The women were tortured,gang-raped and murdered.In the name of Jihad ,Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus were systematically eliminated .The holy war did not spare even children. Massacres such as Wandhama,Nadimarg,Chattisinhgpora and Sangrampora took place in 1990s and 2000s.Over 12000 Kashmiri Pandit/Hindus men ,women and children were killed just because of their faith and for upholding the values of democracy and Indian ethos.The tragedy is that those who committed such heinous crimes are still walking free and they have not been punished. Justice has not been served to Kashmiri Pandits / Kashmiri Hindus.
The night of 19 January,1990 ,the ISI and the mosques became hyper active all over the valley .There were slogans and songs blaring from all mosques saying ”Islam khatra mein hai
“ that Islam is in danger.””Aes gacche Pakistan ,Batav roste,Batnev saan”, we want Pakistan in Kashmir without Kashmiri Pandit/Hindu men but with their womenfolk”. It was a night of chaos and madness, killing Pandits/Hindus all over the Valley. Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus recall the horror of waking up to hear the command to convert ,die or escape.The Human Rights Organizations have failed to notice the mayhem against Kashimiri Hindus in the Kashmir Valley.
14 September is being observed by Kashmiri Hindus as the Kashmiri Hindus Martyrs Day since 1989 in commemoration of the persecution that was inflicted upon the community and they pay homage to those brave men, women and the Indian Security forces who sacrificed their lives to save us.
This year IEKF will be supporting initiative, planned to hold rallies world.the Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora in various major countries of the world.