Blaming “vested interests” for the unrest in Kashmir, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti appealed on Tuesday to the parents not to allow anybody to play with the future of their children as she asserted that violence does not achieve anything but only results in bloodshed.
Mufti promised to work out a mechanism to ensure a secure and dignified living for the kith and kin of the victims of violence.
In her first televised address since violence erupted in Kashmir four days back, Mufti said she was appealing to people as she herself being a parent could “feel the pain” of losing a near and dear one.
“While certain quarters are only interested in playing politics over the dead bodies of the youth, it is the family members of these slain youth who have to live with this pain forever,” Mufti said.
“Ironically, it is only the parents and other immediate family members of these ill-fated youth who have to live with the life-long trauma of losing their near and dear ones to this senseless violence,” Mufti underscored in her appeal.
She promised action against security personnel who used excessive force while adding that some people were taking advantage of the situation and adding to tensions.
Mufti said, “Unfortunately some elements are hell bent upon fomenting trouble, mayhem and bloodshed in Kashmir for their vested interests and are playing with the lives of the innocent youth by instigating them to indulge in extreme violence resulting in a vicious cycle of frenzy and bloodshed.”
Without identifying anyone, the chief minister said, “There are hundreds of such families in Kashmir who have lost their near and dear ones to the violence, one way or the other, and have been left at the mercy of the God. “Most of these families are living in such miserable conditions that they have to even struggle for day-to-day living.”
Mufti said while hundreds and thousands of people may be attending the funerals of the slain youth, how many of these people then bother to visit these anguished families to help them out of difficult circumstances.
“The government is, however, alive to the abject condition of such distressed families. We will try to work out a mechanism to ensure a secure and dignified living for the kith and kin of the victims of violence so that their families do not have to run from pillar to post to live a normal life, she said adding “it is the responsibility of the government to reach out to such families”.