Srinagar: The members of the JKAS 2011 batch, expressed solidarity and condemned the recent incident at the office of Sunaina Saini, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Sub Registrar, Ghagwal.
“We express our unwavering support for our fellow batch mate, Sunaina Saini, and strongly denounce the unlawful and disrespectful actions carried out by a group of lawyers during their protest on Monday, amounting to harrasment of a public servant on duty,” the members said in a statement.
“It is disheartening to learn about the unfortunate incident where a group of lawyers resorted to storming the office of Sunaina Saini alongwith people from media, staging a protest in her office in an unruly mob like form which is unfortunately termed as “meeting” in several media reports. As civil servants, we firmly believe in the rule of law and respect for authority, and we strongly advocate for the appropriate channels to address any grievances. Resorting to man handling her staff and mob-like unruly behavior sets a dangerous precedent and should not be tolerated in a civilized society,” the statement said.
“While we acknowledge that every individual has the right to express their concerns, we firmly believe that this must be done through lawful and respectful means. Resorting to such aggressive actions and creating an intimidating atmosphere not only violates the sanctity of a public office but also undermines the very essence of our legal system,” it added.
“It is essential to remember that Sunaina Saini is a public servant entrusted with the responsibility of upholding justice and maintaining law and order in the region. She, like any other public servant, deserves to work in an environment free from intimidation and fear,” they said.
“As members of the JKAS 2011 batch, we stand by Sunaina Saini and her dedication to public service. We respectfully call upon well meaning legal practitioners and professionals to uphold the principles of respect, integrity, and professionalism while dealing with matters of concern. Respectful dialogue and adherence to the rule of law are the pillars of a functioning democracy, and we must preserve these values at all costs,” they added.
“In conclusion, we request the Lieutenant Governor to take note of this matter, as incidents of a similar nature occur in other public offices as well, requiring urgent attention. We respectfully ask for appropriate action to be taken against those involved in the unlawful protest and harassment of the public servant, Sunaina Saini. Additionally, we request an unconditional apology from the concerned Bar association,” they said.