JKCCS expresses solidarity with JNU students, teachers

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Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) has expressed solidarity with the striking students and teachers of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
The spokesman for JKCCS in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “We have watched with a sense of horror and dismay, the violent criminalizing of student democracy and dissent, not just at Jawaharlal Nehru University but campuses across India in the recent past. Having long and intimate knowledge of violent repression and legalized impunity that Indian state is capable of, especially against those it considers ‘anti-national’, we are not surprised by these events, but have a special empathy with all who suffer its horrors.”
The JKCCS demanded release of all student dissenters and political prisoners in the custody of the Indian state, and an end to acts of policing and surveillance on campuses, and targeting of students on the basis of political beliefs and speech.
The statement said that the Kashmiri students in different colleges and universities in India, who had always faced discrimination and intimidation time to time, were now feeling the extreme regressive and oppressive means used by rightwing groups and the government. “After being hounded, the Kashmiri students have begun leaving Delhi.
There are several places where the landlords in whose properties Kashmiri students were renting flats, have been asked to vacate. These experiences of Kashmiri students are part of the larger reality faced by Kashmiri youth in Jammu and Kashmir and in India.”
The JKCCS said that the voices of dissent in occupied Kashmir had been dealt with administrative detentions under draconian law, Public Safety Act, illegal detentions, torture, surveillance and killings by Indian armed forces including the most recent one of Asif and Shaista at Pulwama on 14th February.—KMS