Home Ministry advisory to states: Be sensitive with inquiries about Kashmir origin residents

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New Delhi, Feb.3 (ANI): The Home Ministry has issued an advisory to state governmentes and Union Territories to be more sensitive while making inquiries about residents from Jammu and Kashmir.

A ministry release said Thursday that state governments have been asked to issue appropriate instructions to all police stations that they should not single out residents from Jammu and Kashmir unnecessarily for police reporting merely on grounds of them hailing originally from there.

It has asked state governments and Union Territory administrations to report action taken in such cases.

It said that a group of eminent persons appointed as interlocutors by the Government of India have been visiting Jammu and Kashmir and they have received representations from the common man and various stakeholder groups that Kashmiri boys and girls are singled out by the police in the states outside Jammu and Kashmir asking them to report to the police stations merely on account of the fact that they are Kashmiri boys and girls.

The ministry said that this kind of treatment affects the sensibility of the residents of Jammu and Kashmir and they experience a sense of humiliation and to a feeling of alienation and injustice.

It said that the Indian Constitution and the law of the land does not permit discrimination on account of race, religion, caste and creed. (ANI)

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