SRINAGAR: The J&K high court has sought information from government about the repairing and reconstruction of schools burnt down in Kashmir Valley last year.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of Justices Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Janak Raj Kotwal passed the direction after perusal of an affidavit filed by amicus curie in which various serious issues have been highlighted.
“Advocate General is requested to respond to it. Response be filed by or before next date with special focus on repair, re-construction of damaged, burnt schools,” the court said.
On previous hearing, the court had observed that education is an essential component of human life like water and air. It has directed state government to take immediate steps for reconstruction of the schools which were either burnt down or damaged during the last year’s uprising in Kashmir Valley.
Nearly three dozen schools were burnt or damaged as per the information revealed by the government to the high court. As many as 47 persons including 5 juveniles were arrested by police for their alleged involvement and among them, 10 have been booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA), Kashmir’s Inspector General of Police informed the court in a status report.
The court has also asked people to ensure that the educational institutions in their areas are protected.
The court has shown its deep concern about the burning down of the educational institutions in various parts of the Valley and in order to ensure their protection against being vandalized, damaged or burnt down, it issued several directions from time to time.
“Education is not relevant only for present times but it has been relevant for the human beings from the advent of human history. The illiteracy breeds ignorance and illiterate people are susceptible to all kinds of exploitations. Like water and air, education is an essential component of human life,” the court observed.
For moral, spiritual and material development of a human being, the court said, education is of utmost importance.