Kashmiri students in India fear for their security

New Delhi, February 18, 2019 (PPI-OT): In India, Kashmiris are in a state of fear after the attacks by Hindu goons on them in different states of India. A 28-year-old Kashmiri Abid Hussain was beaten up by a Hindu mob before being detained at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi who had come from Kashmir on Saturday. He has been detained and being interrogated, Madhur Verma, Delhi’s Deputy Commissioner said

A Kashmiri student from Jamia Millia Islamia, who did not wish to be identified, said, “Just the fact that one is a Kashmiri, irrespective of his ideology or leaning, is enough to put one’s life to risk. It is happening in India. Kashmiri students are being harassed and hounded, be it Dehradun, Ambala or Bangalore. We really fear for our security.”

Several Kashmiris were suspended by the college authorities in Indian states of Himachal Pardesh, Dehradun and Aligarh Muslim University. JNU Kashmiri activist Shehla Rashid said, “Throughout India, mobs are attacking Kashmiri students, verbally abusing them, asking for be expelled and filing false cases against them. The pretext being given in each case is that they said Pakistan Zindabad and even police are buying into these false claims.”

Anis Ahmed, another Kashmiri student at Delhi University, said, “We are not at all reacting on social media to any abuses which are being hurled at us even if we are being labelled as terrorists. Students who are staying in rented accommodations rather than hostels are even more scared about their safety”.

Kashmiri youths studying in Uttarakhand’s Dehradun said that they were harassed and asked by their landlords to vacate accommodations fearing attacks on their properties. A Kashmiri student studying in a Bengaluru college and another in Dehradun were booked by Indian police on false cases. A Kashmiri doctor, who has been living in Kolkata for 22 years, has said that he has been asked to leave the city or face dire consequences.

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