Srinagar, January 11 (KMS): Jammu and Kashmir is facing a mental health crisis with the cases of depression-related illnesses being almost double than inside India, said health experts.

The situation is compounded by inaccessible mental healthcare system. Experts said mental health services need to be expanded and integrated into the primary healthcare system to contain the growing number of people with mental illnesses — the most stigmatised health issue. »

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New York, December 20 (KMS): The global human rights watchdog, Human Rights Watch has said that police in India often bypass arrest procedures and torture suspects in custody to death.

Human Rights Watch in a 114-page report released, today, said that at least 591 people died in police custody in India between 2010 and 2015. »

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Srinagar, December 07 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, not a single inquiry ordered into civilian killings in the five-month long uprising has been completed.

Over 110 civilians have been killed so far in the brutal actions of Indian forces’ personnel on peaceful demonstrators during the mass uprising, which was triggered by the extrajudicial killing of popular youth leader, Burhan Wani, on July 8, this year. »

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Srinagar, December 06 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, political detainees are lodged in far-flung jails causing immense hardships to the family members with most of inmates cannot have meeting with their families for months together, a report said.

The report drafted by the members of High Court Bar Association (HCBA), who recently visited the jails across the territory, said, “This has also diminished the chances of conducting their trials in local courts where they could prove their innocence.” The members also noticed that no adequate medical facilities were available in the jails. »

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Islamabad, December 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their unabated acts of state-terrorism martyred twenty-four Kashmiris including two young boys in November 2016.

According to the data compiled by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, of those one youth was killed in a fake encounter.

During the month, 352 people were critically injured when Indian police and paramilitary personnel used brute force on peaceful demonstrators in the occupied territory while 202 civilians, mostly Hurriyet leaders and youth, were arrested. »

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Srinagar, November 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, even though the mobile internet services in Kashmir have been barred for over four months now, many people who had access to the virtual world, had tried to get answers to psychological ailments, reveals data collated by search engine Google.

Due to curfews and strict restrictions during past four months, people mostly have been staying indoors which the experts cite as the prime reason behind the increase in psychological ailments in the Valley. »

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New Delhi, November 10 (KMS): A prisoner dies every five and a half hours which highlights the neglect, violence and personal tragedy behind prison walls in India.

The stark reality and grim story was revealed in two unique reports on the state of prison monitoring in India released here at a national consultation by former bureaucrat and Chairman of National Minorities Commission, Wajahat Habibullah. »

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Srinagar, September 09 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, continued nocturnal raids by Indian forces have made the life of residents of the Kashmir Valley a hell, forcing people to remain awake during nights to foil arrest bids.

The raids, conducted jointly by Indian army, police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, have forced hundreds of youth to go into hiding, though hundreds have already been arrested on charges of stone-pelting and participating in street protests. »

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Total regain of lost vision impossible, say doctors

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Srinagar, September 07 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, half of pellet victims facing vision impairment are teenagers and doctors say that total regain of lost vision is impossible.

Official data of Srinagar’s general specialty SMHS hospital reveals shocking details about young ones being disabled by the deadly pellets.

As per record, of 680 persons admitted at the hospital since July 8 with pellet injuries in their eyes, at least 308 are less than 20-year-old. Furthermore, 60 victims, according to the data, have been less than 15-year old, at the time of being injured. »

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Srinagar, September 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism martyred thirty eight Kashmiris including11 teenage boys and a woman during the last month of August.

According to the data issued by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, today, one of those martyred was killed in custody while 23 civilians were killed during indiscriminate firing on mourners and protesters. These killings rendered 4 women widowed and 7 children orphaned. »

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Case shows lack of belief in basic rights, freedoms in India: AI

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New Delhi, August 16 (KMS): Indian police have registered a sedition case against the Amnesty International over shouting of anti-India slogans during an event organized by the global human rights watchdog.

The Amnesty International recently organized a function in Bangalore on human rights violations perpetrated by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. At the Saturday’s forum at the United Theological College in Bangalore, Kashmiri families spoke of abuses by Indian forces in the occupied territory. »

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Srinagar, August 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, experts have said that Kashmir is the only place in the world where pellets continue to be used with such severity on protesters.

Media reports quoting the experts revealed that options were already available in the market that could render pellets useless and prevent any further damages to life. »

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