Amnesty International India asks govts. to ensure safety of Kashmiris

New Delhi: Urging the government of India and state governments to ensure that common Kashmiris aren’t attacked or harassed in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, Amnesty International India on Monday said Central and state government authorities must ensure that ordinary Kashmiri women and men do not face targeted attacks, harassment and arbitrary arrests.

Amnesty’s appeal came in the wake of incidents related to Kashmiri students’ harassment in several places across the country following Pulwama terror attack.

According to Greater Kashmir, Kashmiri university students and traders in northern states, primarily Uttarakhand, Haryana and Bihar, have been beaten, threatened, and intimidated “by some Hindu nationalist groups”.

Reportedly, many students have fled their universities in fear. Some educational institutions in Dehradun and in Moradabad are stated to have denied admission to new Kashmiri students.

Aakar Patel, head of Amnesty India said, “We are at a dangerous moment, and authorities must do everything they can to uphold the rule of law.”