Kashmir residents say Indian security forces tortured and beat them

Kashmir residents accuse Indian army of torture
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Traveling through at least half a dozen villages in Kashmir in the weeks after India revoked its limited autonomy, "I heard similar accounts from several people in all these villages of night raids, beatings, and torture" by Indian security forces, Sameer Hashmi reports at BBC News. India's army disputed the stories, saying it has "not manhandled any civilians as alleged." Several of the villagers showed Hashmi scars and bruises.

During a nighttime raid, "they beat every part of my body," one Kashmiri man told the BBC. "They kicked us, beat us with sticks, gave us electric shocks, beat us with cables. They hit us on the back of the legs. When we fainted they gave us electric shocks to bring us back. When they hit us with sticks and we screamed, they sealed our mouth with mud. We told them we are innocent. We asked why they were doing this? But they did not listen to us. I told them don't beat us, just shoot us. I was asking God to take me, because the torture was unbearable."

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