SRINAGAR: Expressing concern over “growing graph” of crime against women, the Chief Minister lamented that the victims were not coming forward with complaints.
Killing militants will not wipe out militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Wednesday, even as she urged the police to adopt a “humane” approach in dealing with people and “remain soft with agitating youth” in Kashmir.
Addressing the attestation-cum-passing out parade of 947 recruits at the police training school at Kathua, she said: “I congratulate all of you for completing the rigorous training. I have heard about your training and skills. It is not just about firing SLRs and AK-47s, it is about how you behave when you face a nine-year-old and an 80-year-old (on streets). The real test awaits you outside.”
“The real test begins once you have to deal with youth on streets; you need to do the parenting of these youth who are barely 12 to 14 years in age. They need to be counselled, educated and guided for which you people have to act as their guides and mentors,” she told the new recruits.
She said that instead of stones and bricks, children should carry laptops, computers and books in their hands. “You have to sensibly handle situations once you move out from this academy,” she said.
The Chief Minister said that militancy cannot be wiped out by killing militants alone. “You have to eliminate militancy. But it cannot be done by killing militants alone. A more humane approach is needed to tackle the problem. We need to understand the reason and the real problem behind militancy,” she said.
She said that she recently ordered review of cases filed against the youth during the 2016 uprising triggered by killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
Reacting to reports of thrashing of Kashmiri prisoners in New Delhi’s Tihar jail, the Chief Minister said: “The shameful incident not only maligned the name of the policemen and their state, but the entire police force.”
“In comparison, our (Jammu and Kashmir) police are doing a wonderful job despite being faced with difficult situations. They are dealing with stone-pelting and bullets (militancy) with great determination, discipline and restraint which is praise-worthy. There is no match for our police force,” she said, adding: “Our country, being a civilised democracy, guarantees legal protection to even convicts.”
Mehbooba said that drug de-addiction centers run by the police were doing a “wonderful job”, but stressed on setting up such centers in all district headquarters.
Expressing concern over “growing graph” of crime against women, the Chief Minister lamented that the victims were not coming forward with complaints.
“There are two reasons why women are not seeking legal assistance. First, they do not want to publicise family matters, and second, they do not have faith in the police,” she said.
“We have set up women’s police stations so that the victims of domestic violence can talk about their problems openly. Since such stations do not have much strength, the district police chiefs need to chip in and help them get justice,” she said.
Earlier, director general of police Shesh Paul Vaid thanked the Chief Minister for taking “many welfare measures” for the officers and constabulary of the force. He also detailed some welfare measures being taken by the department for the well being of its personnel.__Greateer Kashmir