11 C
New Delhi
Sunday 15 December 2019
India Crime 765 arrests for stone-pelting since Article 370 turned defunct

765 arrests for stone-pelting since Article 370 turned defunct

The rise of insurgency and separatism in Kashmir saw stone-pelting incidents turn prominent in the Muslim-dominated region since 2008

The Union government said in Parliament on Tuesday that rate of incidents of stone-pelting has come down after the removal of Article 370 that used to accord special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The government said that 765 stone-pelters had been arrested so far since the virtual abrogation of the discriminatory regime. On behalf of the government, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy shared this information with the House.

Reddy said since the removal of Article 370 on 5 August, and till 15 November, 190 cases of stone-pelting and affecting of law and order had been registered in what is now a Union Territory. Earlier, from 1 January to 4 August, 361 such cases had been registered in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to Reddy, the government has identified and arrested the miscreants to keep the situation under control in the Valley. The separatists have been detained as a security measure under the public safety law.

Reddy said further that investigations conducted by different agencies had revealed that several separatist leaders associated with the Hurriyat had been involved in stone-pelting incidents in the Valley.

The NIA has filed charge sheets against 18 such people. The economy of the region is looking up too, with 34 lakh 10 thousand 219 tourists — including 12 thousand 934 foreign nationals — having visited the Valley in the last six months.

Stone pelting in Kashmir refers to a criminal assault in the form of stone-throwing by Kashmiri youth who pelt, bombard or throw stones on the Indian security forces and Jammu and Kashmir Police deployed for crowd control in Jammu and Kashmir. In the local language, it is termed as “kanni jung“, which means “fighting with stones” and the stone pelters are called sangbaaz.

Stone-pelting justified in Islam?

Historically, Kashmiri youth pelted stones on the police in the streets of Srinagar, which had begun during 1931. After the rise of insurgency and separatist movement in Kashmir, stone-pelting incidents became prominent in the Muslim-dominated region since 2008 when the separatist movement had taken a new dimension from gun-fighting with armed forces to the pelting of stones on them.

After the year 2008, stone-pelting incidents in the Valley were reported on a regular basis, the prominent among them were recorded in 2010 Kashmir unrest and the 2016-17 Kashmir unrest. Minor skirmishes were reported in the intermediate years.

The act of stoning (rajm) is mentioned in multiple Hadiths. However, some factions within Islam disagree with the legality of rajm. In Pakistan, military dictator General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq who implemented Shari’ah law reconstituted a court, which declared rajm as Islamic.

With inputs from Kashmir Observer, Washington Post and News18


Subscribe to our newsletter

You will get all our latest news and articles via email when you subscribe

The email despatches will be non-commercial in nature
Disputes, if any, subject to jurisdiction in New Delhi

Leave a Reply

Opinion

Justice That Is Instant Is Travesty

But neither the state nor society can wash their hands off this social craving for settling scores in the name of doing justice to the victim

Karnataka Voters Punished INC, JDS Leaders

Even the BJP was not confident of the result even as their leaders kept saying for public consumption they were winning all the 15 seats

The United States Of The World

The United States, stereotyped as the land of plenty and plentiful guns, is still a destination of choice for people from across the world

प्याज़ के आँसू न रोएँ — महंगाई से किसान, उपभोक्ता दोनों को फ़ायदा

जिस अल्प मुद्रास्फीति की वजह से वे सरकार से बहुत खुश थे, उसी 1.38 प्रतिशत की खाद्यान्न मुद्रास्फीति के कारण किसानों को अपने पैदावार के लिए समुचित मूल्य नहीं मिल रहे थे

CAB Can Correct Wrongs Of NRC

… if the government can fix the inept bureaucracy and explain what happens to those marked as aliens, as the neighbours are not taking them back
- Advertisement -

Elsewhere

Gurdwara discards 30 kg of cooked dal, realising it was ‘plastic’

The historic Gurudwara Bangla Sahib realised again the next day that the lentils were fake but got alerted before the dal was cooked

Prashant Kishor to campaign for AAP in Delhi election

Prashant Kishor has been successful as an election strategist in most campaigns: BJP at Centre 2014, JDU in Bihar 2015, INC in Punjab 2017

Service sector picks pace; trade deficit reduces

Service exports stood at $ 17.70 billion in October, registering a growth of 5.25%; trade deficit declined from $ 17.58 billion in 2018 to $ 12.12 billion

Sabarimala verdict review: SC snubs Fathima, Bindu

Ignoring the court decision to refer the Sabarimala review pleas to a 7-judge bench, the petitioners tried to get an order to enter the shrine immediately

Andhra Cabinet okays Disha Bill that dictates judiciary

While ordering the prosecution to complete its work in 14 days is permissible, Andhra Pradesh cannot set a time limit for the judiciary

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you

For fearless journalism

%d bloggers like this: