India´s Supreme Court on Friday (Feb 21) while hearing a petition filed by Supreme Court advocate Tariq Adeeb seeking protection for Kashmiris amid reports of harassment and attacks on them after last week’s Pulwama terror attack in which over 40 Indian troops were killed, ordered protection for Kashmiris.
The Supreme Court today asked 10 states including Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Meghalaya, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Punjab and Maharashtra, to take “prompt action” to ensure Kashmiris living across the country do not face social boycott or attacks. “The chief secretaries, the DGPs and the Delhi Police Commissioner are directed to take prompt and necessary action to prevent incidents of threat, assault, social boycott etc against Kashmiris and other minorities,” a bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said.
More than 700 Kashmiri students, workers and traders have returned to occupied Kashmir from India to escape reprisals for the attack, which has escalated tensions with arch-rival Pakistan. Mohammad Yasin Khan, president of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation, told AFP that threats of violence were still being made. The court will hear the matter next week again.
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17 November, 2019