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Stop harassing Kashmiris: Central advice to states

New Delhi: In an advisory issued by the centre to state governments, the union home ministry has directed them to exercise sensitivity while making enquiries about J&K residents living in different parts of the country. This has come as one of the recommendations by the three interlocutors who were apprised of such humiliation during their interaction with people in the valley. It was pointed out that Kashmiri boys and girls are singled out by the police in states outside J&K merely because they hail from Kashmir. The advisory has asked the states to issue appropriate instructions to all police stations that the Kashmiris should not be singled out unnecessarily on the ground of being original Kashmir residents. It reminds, “This kind of treatment affects the sensibilities of the residents of J&K who experience a sense of humiliation leading to a feeling of alienation/injustice.” The advisory comes on the reported news that the Mumbai police had issued an unsigned notice to its police stations asking them to keep a close watch on Kashmiri people. The J&K chief minister had raised the issue with the union home minister on several occasions pointing out that it was insulting to the residents of the state.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2011 on page no. 20

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