Kashmir ‘human shield’ depicted in a T-Shirt design goes viral

Dedicated to ‘Indian Army’s hero, Major Gogoi’ 

India: T-Shirt Bhaiya, an online retailer selling “cool graphic tees and illustrated T-shirts”, has designed a T-Shirt portraying Kashmiri human shield. The post shared on Facebook and Twitter has gone viral. The retailer on its Facebook page dedicated it to ‘Indian Army’s hero Major Gogoi’.

The T-Shirt depicts a man tied to the bonnet of military jeep with the words “Indian Army saving your ass whether you like it or not”.

Major Leetul Gogoi, who had tied a Kashmiri man, Farooq Ahmed Dar, to the bonnet of an army jeep in 2016 and used him as a human shield, faced widespread condemnation from many human rights activists, Kashmiri groups, and a few retired Indian army generals.

The Tee sold out within hours of its launch. A fresh batch was promised to hit the stands soon by the online retailer owned by Bagga Fashions out of New Delhi.

BJP Delhi Spokesperson Tejinder Pal Singh Bagga, tagged in TshirtBhaiya’s Facebook posts, was one of the few high profile names to share the T-Shirt design on social media.

The design was largely accepted by TShirtBhaiya’s customers with a few praising the Tee’s “excellent message”.

The T-shirt retailer drew a little flak from it’s women followers who complained why the Tees were only for men.

The Tweet by TshirtBhaiya has been retweeted more than 678 times and liked 981 times.

The Fourth Geneva Convention, Additional Protocol 1 and the Rome Statute that set up the International Criminal Court all prohibit human shields in armed conflicts, and consider their use a war crime.

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