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18.6.2016…Press Release of Bar Association

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J&K High Court Bar Association Srinagar, strongly condemns the beating and critically injuring of dozens of youth, all over Kashmir valley, who after Friday prayers, were protesting against the proposed establishment of Sainik Colonies and Separate Townships for Kashmiri Pandits in the valley. The Bar Association, makes it clear that by beating and injuring people and preventing them from raising their voice, who were protesting against the establishment of Sainik Colonies and Separate Townships for Kashmiri Pandits and implementing Industrial policy, the people won’t stop demonstrating against the nefarious designs of the Govt., which are aimed at to change the demography and Muslim Majority Character of the State.

The Bar Association Srinagar, also strongly condemns the dismissal of a teacher of Delhi Public School, Srinagar, by its Chairman for wearing Abaya, ever since she joined the school, three months back. The Bar Association, while terming the order of dismissal as an act of victimization, as also an interference with the religious affairs of the teacher, makes it clear that no man-made rule can supersede a divine injunction, and any one finding himself/herself bound by his/her personal law, cannot be terminated from services, for wearing an Islamic Dress. The Bar Association wants to remind the DPS authorities that such acts of communal nature, have never succeeded in the past and will never succeed in future, but will have far reaching consequences and it is as such, better for the authorities, to refrain from imposing their own Will on a religiously minded person.

The Bar Association also condemns the unlawful as well as wrongful detention of four Kashmiri girls, by the police at IGI Airport, who were returning for home from Bangladesh, only because one of them was carrying a bag that had a label with “bomb” written on it. Even though two girls were later released, but the whereabouts of other two girls, being still not known and their family members having not also been informed as to where they have been taken/kept, therefore, the Bar Association demands that the two girls be set free forthwith and allowed to go home, without any further humiliation and mental torture.

The Bar Association also condemns the beating and injuring of more than 16 girl students by the Warden of Gujjar & Bakarwal Girls Hostel, at Rajbagh Srinagar, who had refused to clean the residential room of the warden. The Bar Association wants to make it clear to the warden that it was not obligatory for them to clean her room, as they were students and have to concentrate only on their studies. Asking a student to clean her room and on her refusal to do so, did not authorize or empower the warden to beat them to such an extent that 16 of them got injured and had to be admitted in the hospital. The Bar Association wants that immediate action against the warden be taken and she be also removed from the post as it will be no more advisable to keep her posted in the Gujjar and Bakerwal hostel.

Bashir Sidiq,

General Secretary,

      J&K High Court,

Dated : 18.06.2016                                                       Bar Association, Srinagar.

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