Seminar discusses plight of Gujjar-Bakerwal community

They also pleaded for constitutional safeguards to rehabilitate lakhs of nomadic and semi-nomadic Gujjar-Bakerwal population living in forest villages.

BIVEK MATHUR
Jammu, Publish Date: May 20 2018 11:30PM | Updated Date: May 20 2018 11:30PM
Seminar discusses plight of Gujjar-Bakerwal communityRepresentational Pic

Speakers at a seminar organized by the Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation here appealed the government to rehabilitate the Gujjar-Bakerwal community like other nomadic tribes.

“Gujjars and Bakerwals of the state were listed as tribe by the Government of India in 1991 along with 722 other tribes but till today the nomadic community in Jammu and Kashmir is not getting the benefits which other tribes are availing,” the speakers said.

The plight of the nomadic Gujjar-Bakerwal community has come into focus after the brutal January 2018 gang-rape and murder of an 8-year old girl of the community in Jammu’s Kathua district. Police investigation has shown that the heinous crime had been planned and executed to force out the Muslim nomadic community from Jammu.

The speakers sought the intervention of the Prime Minister and Chief Minister to extend tribal friendly Acts like Forest Rights Act 2006, Protection of Civil Rights Act 1977, SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1955 and Panchayats Extension to the Scheduled Areas (PESA) Act 1960 to J&K or bring identical legal provisions in the J&K Constitution.

They also pleaded for constitutional safeguards to rehabilitate lakhs of nomadic and semi-nomadic Gujjar-Bakerwal population living in forest villages.


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