As many as 2.14 lakh children have lost their parents to armed conflict in Kashmir, reveals a documentary ‘Children in conflict-torn Kashmir’ by the human rights wing of Hurriyat (M).
Hurriyat (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, told
“Data available with us says that more than 240000 children have been rendered orphans in the more than two decade long conflict. A huge number of children presently are half-orphans with no whereabouts of their parents.”
He added that children are the worst sufferers of the Kashmir conflict.
The documentary by Manan Bukhari was screened in the presence of Hurriyat (M) chairman. thevoxkashmir
The moderate separatist leader said that Kashmiri children who witness torture, detentions and trauma each day at the hands of security forces are denied the facilities of the children specific treatment at juveniles homes.
Quoting the figures, Mirwaiz said that as many as 700 FIRs stand registered against the juveniles in different police stations of Kashmir.
“As there is a complete lawlessness in Kashmir, there are many unrecorded instances of detentions and torture faced by our children, the ill- behavior of police and paramilitary forces towards the children has also ruined our children psychologically,” he added.
Juveniles are being treated as adult criminals by police and face similar punishment. wazariwazir
Mirwaiz blamed Armed Forces Special Powers Act(AFSPA) and Public Safety Act(PSA) for the children’s sufferings. Further, the documentary, which was earlier authorities did not allow to be screened a couple of days ago, revealed that juveniles are being treated as adult criminals by police and get similar punishment from the jail authorities as meted out to the criminals. Calling the Kashmir a human issue, Mirwaiz said it needs to be addressed by the leadership of Kashmir, India and Pakistan through a dialogue process.