Why curfews going chaotic?
SINCE November 23 (Muharram 8), this year, parts of Srinagar have been witnessing declared and undeclared curfews. On the fateful day there was total chaos in Srinagar when south City roads witnessed huge gridlocks amid an undeclared curfew in major parts of the City.
From MOS Home, Nasir Aslam Wani to Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ali Muhammad Sagar, many in the government top brass tasted the pesky jams in areas out of the bounds of undeclared curfew.
As about Sagar Sahib, he walked over two miles to counter the gridlocks. He is healthy enough to walk and witty enough to face public, but what about some critically ailing patient, stranded? What about an elderly person or schoolchildren who were helplessly stuck in the jam? Was the government not bound to provide them hassle-free movement?
While for the past two days there was announcement of curfew, but schools remained open amid chaos. Poor children had to try their luck in reaching the educational institutions while the parents too had to bear with the situation.
Somewhere a student was held up in curfew, somewhere the school was in siege and elsewhere both. I have a question, if this is seemingly poor state-of-the-affairs in the summer capital what must be the plight elsewhere in Kashmir.The government should come up with a comprehensive policy on the issues of curfews, restrictions and related siege so that nobody faces inconvenience. If there’s curfew, a detailed plan, particularly with regard to traffic movement should be made public. After all, the government is accountable before people in a democratic setup.
(The ideas expressed are author’s own)
Lastupdate on : Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 1 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST
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