- Condemns detention of minor in old city
SRINAGAR: Condemning the police action and detention of a 9-year-old boy in the old city, the Hurriyat Conference (G) on Saturday said the forces in Kashmir were going the “Israeli way” in committing excesses against the people.
Police on Friday whisked away a 9-year-old boy while covering his face during protests in Srinagar. They also tried to prevent the photographers from taking the photographs of the boy.
In a statement, a Hurriyat (G) spokesman said: “It is a routine in conflict zones of the world that people come on roads to express their displeasure but the story of Jammu and Kashmir is entirely different. Here, this democratic right has been snatched from the people and only Martial Law prevails.”
He said the roads of Srinagar “are presenting the look of Jerusalem and Gaza and forces are committing excesses against minors the same way as Israeli forces are doing in Palestine.”
The spokesman while hailing the photojournalists who clicked the minor being detained by police said the photos show the “real picture of the situation in Kashmir”.
“This photo helps the people to visualize the state terrorism in Kashmir. Even the students of 3rd and 4th standard are not spared here.”
He said the minors in Kashmir were not only arrested “but are subjected to worst kinds of custodial tortures. “ FIRs are also registered against them and these innocent students are kept engaged with an unending court hearing practices.”
The spokesman accused the government of “deliberately” ruining the career of the children. “The amalgam appeals to the human rights organization and UNICEF to fulfil their responsibilities – to protect the children of Kashmir.”
The Hurriyat (G) spokesman termed it an “undemocratic practice” by authorities to threaten the journalists from pursuing their professional duties.