Srinagar: At least 185 students were killed in Jammu and Kashmir in last fifteen years, reads a report released by Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS).
JKCCS in a report ‘Terrorized: Impact of violence on the children of J&K’ has stated that “During the years (2003 – 2017) under study, 185 students have been killed in various incidents of violence in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the report, during 2003-17, the killing of 62 students was recorded in north Kashmir while south Kashmir witnessed 53 student killings with 47 killings in central Kashmir.
However, the released report further reads that in 2010 unrest, 38 students were killed while in 2016 unrest, 37 student killings also take place at the hands of forces.
“Indian armed forces and JK Police have killed a singularly highest number of them i.e. 136 children in the given period, accounting for 73% of the total killings of students. The killing of students due to explosions accounted for 20 killings, while unidentified gunmen killed not less than 12 children. Militants are responsible for the killing of five students, while three children have been killed due to cross LoC shelling,” reads a report.
JKCCS report revealed that the pattern of student killings in Jammu and Kashmir indicates that Kashmir division accounts for 87% i.e. 162 student killings from 2003 to 2017, while in Jammu 15 students have been killed in different incidents of violence in the given period.
As per the report of JKCCS, north Kashmir’s Baramulla district has accounted for most number of student killings (37 students) followed by 30 student killings in Srinagar and 20 in Pulwama district.
“The state violence against students in Jammu and Kashmir comprises targeted killings, extra-judicial killings, custodial killings, use of lethal and
excessive force during protest demonstrations leading to killings, beatings, and
deaths due to torture by ‘forces’.
JKCCS in a report while citing a recent student uprising has stated that “The attack on students constitutes an attack on education and incidents such as Indian armed forces assault on students of Pulwama Degree College, which precipitated into a large-scale one-month long student protest in the valley, reflect that the student community has unquestionably suffered in the ongoing armed conflict in Jammu and Kashmir.”
“From 31 June 2017 to 1 March 2018, not less than 38 incidents of violence against students were recorded and these incidents include the state-imposed closure of schools,” reads the report.