Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world would be observing the Indian Independence Day on August 15 as a black day to convey the message to the international community that India has usurped their inalienable right to self-determination. Protest rallies are to be held in the territory and in the world capitals to highlight different dimensions of the Kashmir dispute and Indian atrocities against the innocent Kashmiris.
As it is, at least 200 people have been killed in the Valley since July 2016 when Burhan Wani, a young man who protested against the Indian hegemony, was brutally gunned down by the Indian forces. Not only that, more than 12,000 people have been injured at the hands of Indian forces, 1,000 have lost vision in one eye after being hit by pellets and many have been totally blinded. Tens of thousands of youth have also been arrested.