Plight Of Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu Camps

Once recognized for the intellectual prowess, Kashmiri Pandit community is now facing new but serious challenges in their period of exile. Little by little unexpected social evils are creeping in refugee camps these days. Members of community still living in these camps are neglected by government and community’s own leaders who only pursue their vested interests.

Financial instability at present is cause of stagnation among the KP children at large. 

Migrant children are more aggressive and socially ill as incomplete sleep due to frequent power cuts during unbearable summers in these camps have affected their behaviour. Unsurprisingly the migrant children are also losing interest in their studies and the situation is pushing them towards anti-social behavior. 

The rampant abuse of human of rights in these camps is not uncommon. Since their exile period of more than 24 years the underprivileged class of society still awaits for basic needs of life. Despite getting fat salaries government employee are not able to make their ends meet due to price hikes. The question is how long a homeless can survive under these circumstances on a meagre cash relief.

During reallocation of several camps, including Mishriwala and Purkhoo towards the Jagti township the government schools were shifted according to will and wishes of the state officials without taking poor parents into confidence.  It has been noticed that the Hr.Sec School Mishriwalla has been shifted to Bhori Talab Tilloo  were  more than thirty five teachers are deployed for only five students.  

Instead of this the Hr. Secondary School at Jagti township a recognized educational institute has no sufficient teaching staff. The said educational institute has already come under scanner several times so far.

It cannot be ruled out that well settled KP leaders are not taking social pain of the poor members of the community seriously. Instead of focusing on social education they are chanting slogans for restoration of temples that too when they themselves violated Property Sale Deed Act of 1997 by selling their ancestral land and homes in the Valley.  

Though there is no harm in raising the issue of sacred religious places in Valley but ignoring the fundamental rights guarantees for every Indian citizen is not proper.  

Pandits in camps are still living in miserable conditions. Terror and violence damaged their individuality and their dignity and most of the refuges are not interested in talking about their health conditions. 

Central and the State governments are not providing sufficient healing measures to these migrants. The situation has led to anxiety, panic attacks, depression, post-traumatic stress disorders, diabetes, thyroid disorders, sleep disorders, nightmares etc. Many have fallen victims to addiction of drugs and alcohol. 

Kumar Raina 

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