Don’t choke space for Kashmiri students

Don’t choke space for Kashmiri students
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A Kashmiri student, who was assaulted at Sharda University in Greater Noida last week has gone missing. This news has perturbed everyone in Kashmir. His family members are worried as their son has not contacted them for past four days.
Ahtisham Bilal, a first-year student of Medical Imaging Technology at Sharda University was allegedly beaten up by a group of students following a clash between Afghan and Indian students in the first week of October.
Police have informed Ahtisham’s parents that his last location was traced in Jammu and since then his phone his switched off.
Kashmiri students, studying in other states, have remained in news for one or other reason. They have been victimized just for one reason i.e. they belong to Kashmir. One hopes that Ahtisham is fine and he returns safely.
People at the helm need to sit back and analyze why the Kashmiri students are feeling unsafe in other states? The state government has to ensure that Kashmiri students who go to other states are made to feel secure and they are not harassed. If the trend continues the space for Kashmiri students in other states will get choked and they would have nowhere to go.
People running the country and the state should bear in mind that the students who leave the Valley have got only one thing in mind i.e. they have to build their careers and they know it’s not possible without them having a degree in their hands. It’s unfortunate that they are treated as suspects and become soft targets. The extremist elements should be reined in and the law enforcing agencies should be told in clear terms that every Kashmiri student is not a suspect.