Anantnag: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Friday that there was a social stigma attached to militants who had “surrendered”, which was preventing most of the active militants from returning home even though they realised fully well the “futility of senseless violence”.
“I understand the predicament of young boys who have strayed into militancy. Most realise the futility of senseless violence and want to return home and live normal lives with dignity,” Mufti posted on her Twitter handle.
The chief minister posted a series of tweets after the surrender of an ace footballer of Anantnag who had turned to militancy a week ago.
Soon after the news of Majid Khan’s surrender before the army, Mehbooba posted on Twitter that a mother’s love had prevailed on her son.
“A mother’s love prevailed. Her impassioned appeal helped Majid, an aspiring footballer, come back home,” she posted.
She, however, acknowledged that the choice to shun violence was not easy, given the social stigma attached to it.
“But the choice to renounce violence is not easy an easy one and they find themselves between the devil and the deep blue sea. The fear of social stigma clouds their judgment,” she wrote.
In her last tweet on the matter, Mehbooba maintained that her government was committed towards a rehabilitation policy that secured the militants’ future and ensured that they would not be harassed.