Supreme Court says prevent attacks against Kashmiri people

An injured man, believed to be a Kashmiri assaulted by an angry mob is shielded by Indian policemen in New Delhi India

Supreme Court says prevent attacks against Kashmiri people

The top court told state governments and police chiefs to ensure there are no "attacks, threats or social boycott" over the February 14 bombing, the worst in the territory in 30 years.

A petition filed in the backdrop of attack on Kashmiris after the Pulwama Terror attack was filed in the Supreme Court.

Heeding to a requests by the petitioners' advocate Colin Gonsalves, the court ordered the government to give wide publicity to the contact details and helpline numbers linked to the nodal officers appointed in each state or Union Territory.

"The chief secretaries, the DGPs and the Delhi Police Commissioner are directed to take prompt and necessary action to prevent the incidents of threat, assault, social boycott etc against Kashmiris and other minorities", the bench also comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna said.

The Supreme Court acted on a petition filed by attorneys Colin Gansalves and Tariq Adeeb saying that Kashmiri students had to lock themselves up in several cities and towns to escape mob violence after the February 14 attack.

The attack in the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley has raised tensions elsewhere in Hindu-majority India, where Kashmiri Muslims in many cities are increasingly facing a backlash in the form of attacks mainly on students, job suspensions and eviction from rented apartments.

The 10 states are Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Meghalaya, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Punjab and Maharashtra. The union HRD (Human Resource Development) minister (Prakash Javadekar) was busy living in denial and (Meghalaya) Governor (Tathagata Roy) was busy issuing threats.

On Thursday, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah had asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi was silent on Kashmiri students being targeted in various parts of the country.

"Relieved about the SC order to ensure Kashmiri students based outside J&K are not harassed or face social boycott. But this has happened for the first time in Independent India", he said, adding, people from all regions and religions are standing with the Army following the Pulwama terror attack.

"There is a sudden rise in incidents of crime against Muslims and Kashmiris after the Pulwama terrorist attack in which over 40 soldiers were killed". "I would appeal state governments that in their educational institutions they should not just issue advisories, but send people to colleges and explain to students to help Kashmiris join the mainstream", he said. Condemning the rising incidents of lynching cases in India, the Supreme Court had, in 2018, instructed Parliament to come up with a new law which would deal with such offences.

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