Srinagar, March 11, 2013 (PPI-OT): In a novel way to highlight human rights violations by Indian forces in Kashmir, two Sikh youth recently toured Kashmir to Kanyakumari, a town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, on motorcycle.
In their early 20s, Bupinder Singh of Budgam and Harminder Singh of Baramulla, recently toured across India on motorcycle to highlight the sufferings of the Kashmiris.
“At that time protests, candle marches were organized by people particularly youth against the gang rape of a girl in Delhi. But no one raised voice when two girls were raped and murdered in Shopian. We wanted to reach to (Indian) people …and tell them what is happening in Kashmir,” said Bupindar Singh.
During their 55-day journey Bupinder said that they tried to reach out to youth and apprised them about grievances of Kashmiri youth about education, unemployment, hostile conditions due to presence of armed forces.
“We told them that the Kashmiris are intelligent and talented and can prove mettle in any filed. They should look at Kashmiri youth beyond pelting stones,” they said.
The duo undertook the journey from Kashmir to Kanyakumari via Gujrat, Mumbai, and Kerala and returned through West Bengal, Bihar, UP, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and reached Kashmir on February 26.
The duo said they organized seminars and interaction sessions with youth of dozens of colleges across the country and apprised them about the grievances of Kashmiri youth.
Bupinder is a teacher at a school in Kralpora Budgam and while Harminder is pursuing B.Tech in a college in Chandigarh.
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