Kashmiris in outside states soft targets for extremists

Kashmiris in outside states soft targets for extremists

 

Afaq Bhat

Srinagar, Dec 19: Two Kashmiri youth beaten in Bangalore by the unknown goons has once again brought to fore that Kashmiris are not safe in outside states and they can be attacked without any reason.
According to media reports, a 24-year-old hotel- management student from Kashmir and his elder brother were reportedly beaten up and their vehicle damaged by a group of miscreants near a bus stop in Sanjay Nagar locality.
Even the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has taken a serious note of the issue. Reacting to the incident, Mehbooba wrote on twitter: “Very disturbed by the news of 2 brothers from Kashmir being assaulted in Bengaluru. I would urge the authorities to take strict action against the accused.”
An analyst while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “This is not for the first time that Kashmiri youth were beaten in some other state. Many such incidents have been reported in the past.”
He said that it’s unfortunate that Kashmiri youth are viewed with suspicion and are treated as suspects. “Electronic media has created a notion that all Kashmiris are terrorists and are hate mongers. They have given wrong impression about the people of Kashmir. Even a small incident turns them into soft targets and they have to face the wrath of hooligans at one or other pretext,” the analyst added.
A Kashmir watcher said, “Lot needs to be done to make Kashmiri youth feel secure. Many youth have left their studies halfway and have returned to Kashmir. There have been many incidents of them getting beaten and harassed just for the reason that they belong to Kashmir. It’s not students only who have faced the wrath of the extremist elements. Many businessmen who visit other states do face harassment. They have to get themselves registered in a police station and at times they have to struggle hard to prove their identity.”
He said many Chief Ministers have come and gone and have even written letters to the Chief Ministers of other states to ensure that Kashmiris are not harassed but their requests have hardly made any difference. “Kashmiris besides facing harassment at the hands of the extremist elements at times have to face questioning from policemen too. It’s unfortunate that all this being is done on the name of national security.”
A politician said, “Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing from Red Fort that Kashmiris need to be embraced situation in other states has not changed. On one hand New Delhi claims that Kashmir is an integral part of India but on the other hand Kashmiris are treated like aliens.”
He said, “Kashmiris cannot feel safe till the people in other states change their attitude towards them. People in other states should realize that Kashmiris too are human beings and they need to be respected.”