Srinagar: Special duty magistrates are deployed in every district during student protests, the state government has told the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) in reply to a petition.
A report filed by government in the backdrop of a petition filed by International Forum for Justice Chairman Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, who had sought directions from the Commission to the government to appoint Special Duty Magistrates during student protests, stated, “The officers deployed for the magisterial duty observe utmost caution and take precautions, so that in no case disproportionate use of force is made, in case any law and order situation is erupted… use of normal law and order methods as per SOP followed by use of riot control equipments shall be made in case situation goes out of control.”
The SHRC through its member Dilshada Shaheen had issued notices to Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and Director General of Police directing them to file a detailed report about the procedure of dealing with student protesters.
Untoo, in his petition, had claimed that no duty magistrate remains present during student protests, which is not only against the law but also a violation of human rights.
The petitioner had sought a special team to be appointed to quell the student protests so that direct conflict with police can be stopped. “As children have every right to be protected from all exploitations, the same applies to the children of Jammu and Kashmir”, the petition reads.
The petition further states that under Juvenile justice Act, the vulnerable children need to be counseled and should be given peaceful atmosphere for their upbringing.
Untoo had pleaded that a child commission be framed to take care of the vulnerable students. Also, rehabilitation and counselling sessions be given to these students who have been detained or injured.