For the first time in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, billboards have been erected against Pakistan across the city of Srinagar as the Narendra Modi government observes 22 October as a "Black Day" in India.
The life-size signs, asking "Do you know what 22 October 1947 is – a black day for Jammu and Kashmir", inform Kashmiris of the atrocities committed by Pakistani invaders in the valley.
Nationalist uprising has started in #Kashmir.— arif_khan (@Arifkhan019) October 21, 2020
massive hoardings installed by locals in public places across Srinagar to commemorate the Black Day on 22 Oct. It was 22nd Oct 1947 when Pak tribal militants invaded Jammu and Kashmir. @rose_k01 @arifaajakia pic.twitter.com/pLCSR92Z45
The government has planned several events to mark the occasion that will be carried out in national capital Delhi as well as Jammu and Kashmir.
A two-day symposium in Srinagar will showcase the history of the invasion and atrocities committed by the raiders purportedly supported by the Pakistani Army.
"The 'lashkars' (militia) of tribal men armed with axes, swords, and guns and backed by the Pakistan Army attacked Kashmir where they butchered men, children, and turned women into their slaves", New Indian Express quoted a senior government officer saying.
BLACK DAY— ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) October 22, 2020
On this day, Lashkars armed with axes, swords & guns backed by #Pakistan Army attacked Jammu & Kashmir. Unleashed atrocities on men, women and children. (2/n)#PakAtrocities #JammuKashmir1947#ThisDayThatYear pic.twitter.com/F2pF7MeVWw
The officials stated that nuns, nurses, and other women were raped irrespective of religion and age and their bodies were thrown into wells. Indian troops were then airlifted to Srinagar to control the situation.
On 26 October 1947, Maharaja Hari Singh, ruler of the then-princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, signed the Instrument of Accession merging the state with India and asked for the Indian government's help in repulsing the invaders.
Islamabad observes 27 October as a "Black Day" to protest against the "occupation" of Jammu and Kashmir by Indian security forces.