Jammu and Kashmir
When the NIT Srinagar issue turned into a Kashmiri versus Non-Kashmiri battleground, a related case of violence against Kashmiri students in various states across India also came to light. It goes without saying that multiple cases of violence against Kashmiri students have been reported across different states.
To assure these students safety, as many as 13 states and union territories have appointed a special nodal police officer each for addressing issues of Kashmiri students studying in their respective territory in the wake of alleged attacks on them.
The states and UTs which have appointed the nodal officer are Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Chandigarh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Sikkim, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
The home ministry’s decision is a welcome one but it remains to be seen whether outstation students at NIT Srinagar would also feel the same sense of security in the coming days. Though security inside the campus has been promised to non-local students, any occurrence outside the campus cannot be controlled and has remained a concern for most non-local students who have spoken to U4UVoice.
A number of states like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Maharashtra and Karnataka, where sizeable number of Kashmiri students study have not responded to the Union Home Ministry’s request for appointing a special police nodal officer.