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Framed by the State

The Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association’s report on the framing of innocent Muslim youths by the Delhi Police Special Cell shows how the latter conducts its “investigations”. The Kashmiri and Manipuri Muslim youths under scrutiny, victims of police high-handedness, wanted an opportunity to do their higher studies in the capital. It is clear that vested interests are bent on ensuring that they do not aspire to a better life outside their states. More disturbingly, the report shows that the home ministry is among these vested interests.

After going through the Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association’s (JTSA) expose (Framed, Dam­ned, Acquitted: Dossiers of a ‘Very’ Special Cell – A Report by ­Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity ­Association, published by JTSA) of the manner in which innocents are framed by the Delhi Police Special Cell (hereafter, the Special Cell), one thought haunts you. What are we doing to the Kashmiri Muslim youth?

The Indian state and the majority of Indians doubt the loyalty of the Kashmiris to India. They treat the Kashmir Valley as if it were occupied territory. So when Kashmiri youth step out of the ­Valley and start living in other Indian cities, it should be welcomed as a step ­towards integration with the rest of ­India, by both those who are sympathetic ­towards Kashmiris and those who suspect them of disloyalty. Here is a chance for young Kashmiris to discover the rest of India and who knows, this big leap could change their mindsets forever.

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