Srinagar: Linking the student rage on streets of Kashmir with the ban on student politics in educational campuses, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairperson Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday lashed out at the state government for imposing such a ban.
Giving the Friday sermon at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz said that student politics was an integral and important part of all progressive societies in the world. “Sadly, it doesn’t find any space in this beleaguered part of the world,” Mirwaiz said.
“While all the progressive societies hail and encourage student activism and politics in their educational institutions, the authorities in Jammu and Kashmir, using brute force, have curbed student dissent,” he said. “That is the reason the student protests turn violent.”
In 2009, the government authorities bulldozed the office of Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU) and banned student politics in Kashmir’s main university. Since then, the KUSU has been working underground.
“When the students come out on roads to protest, they are targeted by shelling and beaten ruthlessly,” Mirwaiz said at the Jamia mosque “In the past few weeks, dozens of students were brazenly manhandled, including female students,” he said.
“This is an oppressive regime that will keep using brute force against peaceful student protestors,” he said.
Mirwaiz also condemned the “brazen act” of government forces in firing teargas shells into the campus of Islamic University of Science and Technology in Awantipora. He said that such actions are not tolerable in civilised society.