Kashmiri Pandit exodus: Anupam Kher's mother recalls fateful day
Kashmiri Pandits are observing 28 years of exodus from Kashmir on Friday. Bollywood actor Anupam Kher posted his mother's video on Twitter recollecting the fateful night of January 19.
Kher tweeted, "My Mom, who is otherwise a very brave, positive & happy person gets teary-eyed thinking of what happened to her brother & bhabhi on d night of exodus in Kashmir on 19th Jan, 1990. They had to leave everything as it is & leave their newly built home in Rambagh, Srinagar. #Dulari."
My Mom, who is otherwise a very brave, positive & happy person gets teary eyed thinking of what happened to her brother & bhabhi on d night of exodus in Kashmir on 19th Jan, 1990. They had to leave everything as it is & leave their newly built home in Rambagh, Srinagar. #Dulari pic.twitter.com/Lwnl1fZcV1— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) January 19, 2018
In a major setback for Kashmiri Pandit's fight for justice, the apex court rejected a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking fresh probe into the atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir.
Dismissing the PIL filed by an NGO "Roots in Kashmir", the apex court said it would be difficult to probe as evidence "is unlikely to be available". "Almost 27 years have gone by... Where will the evidence will come from? Such a plea should have been moved long time ago," the Supreme Court had observed.
The Hindus of the Kashmir Valley, a large majority of whom were Kashmiri Pandits, were forced to flee the Kashmir valley as a result of terrorism, on or after 20 January 1990. Of the approximately 160,000-170,000 Pandits living in the Kashmir Valley in 1990, only 4,000-5,000 remain there.
According to the Indian government, more than 60,000 families are registered as Kashmiri refugees including some Sikh and Muslim families. Most families were resettled in Jammu, National Capital Region surrounding Delhi and other neighbouring states. In 2016, only 2,764 Kashmiri Hindus were left in Kashmir Valley.