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Case filed with NHRC on Kashmiri student's sudden disappearance in Delhi

By Our Representative
Human rights defenders, advocate Syed Mujtaba and Mirza Jahanzeb Beg, have filed a case with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) regarding the disappearance of a Kashmiri student from Sharda University, New Delhi. Ehtisham Bilal, an 18-year-old boy went missing on October 28. He was reportedly beaten up some local students on October 4. He is a student of radiology.
Briefing media, the activists said that the number of Kashmir students being attacked and harassed in Indian colleges and universities is rising at an alarming pace. There have been various cases of students disappearing from universities and colleges, and it is not known whether they are alive or dead.
They said, media has created a dangerous image of Kashmir in India, which leads to hate crimes against the Kashmiri students in Indian universities. Also, rising intolerance, culture of mob lynching, religious fanaticism, pseudo-nationalism and Islamophobia have escalated the situation.
The activists continued, there are reports that universities are being asked by investigative agencies to submit profiles of Kashmiri students which serves in further isolating them. This gives the impression that goons, communal forces and government agencies are on the same page regarding the opinion about Kashmiri students.
"We are concerned about the safety of our children and urge the government to form a committee to address the grievances of Kashmiri students and to trace those who have gome missing, even as ensuring their security and taking strict actions against culprits involved in any kind of harassment or hate crime against them", they said.
Demanding that the Union ministry of home affairs and human resource development should ensure their safety, they said, inquiry should also be initiated in cases of negligence on the part of investigating authorities or managements of concerned universities.

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