Jammu & Kashmir Police are conducting a survey to collect data about exact geographical location, religion, sect and faction from the people in Srinagar-the summer capital of state. In turn, the police have faced harsh criticism over this. Some people have accused it to be an ‘infringement’ in the personal lives of people of Kashmir.
Surprisingly, through the handout, police are also seeking information regarding son-in-law in the family.
The strange and shocking thing about the survey is that it has asked people about their religion. In Kashmir, majority of people are Muslims and to ask about the religion is quite strange and an unpopular thing.
Another resident of Srinagar said that he was shocked to see a column in the form which asks information whether the family has any militant or separatist link.
The form mentions some “family ID number” on top, which, according to police, will help access the details of a particular family.
The survey is also asking for details like past address of the family in case they shifted from one place to another, as well as the cost of the house.
The ‘handout’ by police also asks for details of all family members with age, occupation, educational qualification, mobile phone numbers, along with monthly income of the earning family members.
The police officer said that they are not enforcing this survey. “If they don’t want to fill the form, there is no force on them. It is their choice.”
IG Kashmir Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani . kashmirlife
“GoI has unsuccessfully been preaching that J&K is not a single entity but a divided house as there are Hindus, Gujjars, Shias, Pahadis and other groups and communities, who have nothing to do with Kashmir Resolution,” he said.
Rasheed said thousands of non-Kashmiris labourers are working in Kashmir but nobody has asked them anything. He said “Kashmiris are being treated like infiltrators in their own mother land, which is condemnable and unacceptable”.