In occupied Kashmir, doctors and medical students organised a sit-in protest at Government Medical College in Srinagar against harassment of Kashmiri students in different parts of India.
Over the last week, at least three incidents of harassment of Kashmiri student have been reported from different Indian states. In Haryana, a Kashmiri student was attacked and in Rajasthan, girl students from occupied Kashmir were harassed. In Uttar Pradesh threatening banners appeared in Meerut with a message for Kashmiris “leave the state or face consequences”.
A doctor, who was a part of the protest at the medical college, said that the aim of the sit-in protest was to tell the Indian students that education was a basic human right irrespective of citizenship.
“Hostilities between nations are perennial problems but never ever was a student harassed the way Kashmiris are being (harassed) in India. We want to tell the Indian students to grow as humans. Indian students are also studying in Kashmir, but we will never adopt these ways. They are as safe as they are in India,” the doctor said.
Meanwhile, a Kashmiri student, Hashim Sofi, studying at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in Pilani town of Indian state of Rajasthan received threats to his life. Hashim Sofi, a research fellow at Department of Science and Technology, Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) staying at a hostel found threats written on the door of his room and on his clothes as well.
Pertinently, Hashim Sofi received the threats days after Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, called for ensuring the safety of Kashmiri students across India.
On the other hand, member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly and President of Awami Itehad Party, Engineer Abdur Rasheed, in a statement in Srinagar said that the Sangh Parivar was creating hatred against the Kashmiris all over India. He said that the level of animosity against the Kashmiris had crossed all limits and Kashmiris were in real sense being treated like refugees and illegal non-residents in India.—KMS