West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday asserted that human rights have been “totally violated” in Kashmir and urged people to pray for peace in the Valley.
Mamata Banerjee, on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day said that she had once taken to the streets to protest against human rights violations.
“Today is World Humanitarian Day. Human rights have been totally violated in #Kashmir. Let us pray for human rights and peace in #Kashmir. Human rights is a subject very close to my heart. In 1995, I was on the road for 21 days to protect human rights violations against deaths in lock-ups,” the CM tweeted.
The BJP-led central government has recently revoked provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and bifurcated the state into Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature and Ladakh without one.
Mamata Banerjee had been critical of the Centre’s move on Jammu and Kashmir and said that the “process of scrapping” Article 370 of the Constitution was wrong.
Earlier, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin had outlined that no inter-governmental organization in the world has ever said anything about Indian democracy or India’s commitments towards human rights.
Mamata Banerjee is an Indian politician who has served as the 8th and current Chief Minister of West Bengal since 2011 being the first woman to hold the office.
She founded the party All India Trinamool Congress in 1998 after separating from the Indian National Congress, and became its chairperson.