Cries of the Kashmiri people need to be heard, says Hollywood actress1,084 views
Actress Erica Derrickson has said that Indian forces are carrying out human rights violations in the region.
“The Indian military is oppressing, abusing, murdering, raping, torturing Kashmiri people. For over 70 days, there has been a curfew…they are not allowed to leave their homes without risk of death.”
Derrickson said that internet has been closed whereas communication is being limited and controlled. She added that people living in other countries cannot reach their families during this time.
“This is an awful time in Kashmir. I don’t profess understand all the history and situation but what I do understand is that this is wrong,” she said.
She recalled her story of having Kawah tea with a Kashmiri family who had sold her a carpet while she was visiting the region. She stated that all 13 members of the family were killed by the Indian military later.
She added that violence is not the answer to the crisis. Derrickson said that most of the casualties were people under the age of 18 years.
“The cries of the Kashmiri people need to be heard,” the actress stated.
Off camera, Erica’s efforts remain focused on advancing her own career while also on helping those around her. She is the creator and moderator of Hollywood East Actors Group, a grassroots film organization she founded in 2012 to cultivate community within the growing the New England film industry. As of January 2014, HEA’s membership had risen to more than 7,000 people and is widely considered one of the premier film networking organizations in New England.
Erica works for herself professionally as a photographer specializing in headshots, catering to the acting and business community in Boston. Her photography studio is located in Charlestown, MA and doubles as the home of the popular New England Actors Workshop classes with instructor Richard C Bailey, with whom Erica is currently training in the Meisner technique.