Private School Association of Kashmir (PSAK) has expressed concern over the stone pelting incident in Shopian district in which a few students were injured.
“Children are the most innocent and vulnerable section of the society and our collective effort should be to keep them away from harm. We need to always protect them,” PSAK president G N Var said in a statement. “The situation is such that everybody feels unsafe be it in their homes or outside. In such a situation children need extra care.”He said every section of the society including senior leaders unequivocally condemned the incident. “We hope the incident was a one off and will never be repeated again.” The association has urged to treat school buses as ambulances. “These school buses carry children towards schools or homes, the two places where they feel secure. We must ensure that the route they take should become a secure one,” said Var. “We appeal that school buses be treated at par with ambulances. People have great regard for ambulances and everybody helps to clear way for it even during difficult times. Same approach should be employed for school buses.”The association also condemned the killing of a student Umer Ahmad of Turkwangan. “It seems to have become a norm that civilians are being subjected to brute force during protests and in most of the cases a student ends up losing a life,” said Var.