Student protests are refusing to die down since last month, when different student unions called for protests, after the incident at Degree College, Pulwama where forces allegedly entered the premises. In this incident scores of students were reportedly injured.
After the initiation of these protests, students, seemingly are not listening to anyone, be it their unions or the teachers. To all this, the United Resistance Leadership, collectively or individually have not issued any statement so far, advising students to resume their class work.
On Sunday, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti while replying to a question regarding student protests said, “Someone has cast an evil eye on our students.”
After the district administration ordered the suspension of class work in SP School, clashes broke outside SP College, between students and forces, in which SHO, Police Station Kralkhud was injured.
Every day district administration order suspension of class work and protests too are held almost every day.
From last month, when the protests broke out, students in and around Lal Chowk have attended only seven days of class work. Rest of the classes were either suspended due to clashes or suspended due to the orders of district administration, what they term as ‘precautionary measures’. All this has taken a serious toll on the education.
The civil society has not been too vocal in reacting to these protests. While some say that “protests by students have been registered, and registered well, now we want students to continue with their classes.”
An elder person Ghulam Muhammad said, “Protests are fine, but this is going beyond mere protests and those who are responsible should take a call now.”
Fayaz Ahmad, a teacher by profession believes that “we need our youth to be educated as well, don’t we need doctors and engineers? If the students go on like this, I am afraid we will be heading to something drastic.”