The Right to Life

(Amrit Pal Singh ‘Amrit’)

Article 3
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
(The Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations)

In October, 1983, terrorists killed 6 Hindu bus passengers near Dhilwan, in Punjab, India. On July 08, 1987, Terrorists traveling in a car and a jeep stopped a bus on a bridge near the town of Fatehabad in Hissar district, Haryana and opened fire on the passengers about 11 P.M., killing 30 Hindus. They then stopped another bus coming towards the scene and fired at the passengers on that bus as well, killing four Hindus. Just one night before, on July 07, 1987, terrorists forced a crowded bus off a highway and opened fire with submachine guns, killing 38 Hindu passengers.

There were many more incidents of killings of Hindus during that period in and around Punjab, India.

In all these incidents, people were killed only because they were Hindus. Being Hindu was their only crime in the eyes of terrorists.

From October 31 to November 7, 1984, in many cities in India, such as Delhi Gurgaon, Kanpur, Bokaro, and Indore etc. thousands of Sikhs were killed following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.

On the evening of 20 March 2000, 15–17 terrorists entered the village of Chattisinghpora, located in Anantnag district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. They ordered all of the Sikh males to assemble at the village Gurdwara, and systematically shot and killed 34 of them.

The only crime of people killed was being Sikhs.

After the fall of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, hundreds of gay men (and a few women as well) died in targeted killings. ( Being homosexuals was their only crime they were punished for.

On 25 January 1998, 23 Kashmiri Pundits living in the village of Wandhama, in Jammu and Kashmir were killed by terrorists. They were killed, only because they were Kashmiri Pundits (Hindu Brahmans).

How can one forget the biggest crime against humanity in modern times, that is to say genocide of Jews (Holocaust) during World War 2? ( Millions of Jews were massacred only because they were Jews.

These are only handful examples. Millions of innocent people were killed, though they were absolutely innocent.

Such killings are against the basic right to life. We are born free and we all want to live. This is our right. And this right cannot be denied by any one.

Not only that we have the right to life, we have the right to enjoy all liberties described in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well. Every person has the right of security, with the intention that no one could deprive him/her of the right of life and liberty.