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Rise in Civilian Deaths in J&K

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October 16, 2021

Why in news?

There is an increase in the number of deaths of civilians recently, including those of the minority community after terror attacks in J&K.

What is the recent happening?

  • The dissent in the Valley with the recent administrative and political measures is being exploited to trigger communal discord and violence.
  • The recent attacks are carried out allegedly by a shadowy force calling itself The Resistance Front (TRF), termed by security forces as being set up by the LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba).
  • The attacks are a major setback when the number of violent incidents in the Kashmir Valley was the lowest in 5 years.

What is the impact?

  • Pushed the Valley’s minority Hindu and Sikh communities into a state of fear.
  • Many Kashmiri Pandit and Sikh employees abstained from work or took leave temporarily, worried about their security.
  • Reminds the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits due to terror attacks in the early 1990s.

What does this call for?

  • A reassurance of security from the Government for members of the minority communities such as the Pandits and the Sikhs.
  • A commitment for solidarity with the victims from the various political forces and civil society.
  • Initiatives by the civil society to foster communal amity and to mobilise people across communities against hatred.

What lies ahead?

  • While the above are temporary responses, the dissatisfaction over the abrogation of J&K’s special status, its bifurcation and designation as a UT continues.
  • Immediate renewal of political dialogue to address this concern as well as the resumption of political and press freedoms is essential for long-standing peace.


Source: The Hindu

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