Student protests over exams continue across Kashmir

As the authorities are tight lipped over the demand of students over deferring of annual exams, protests against government announcement to conduct the 10th and 12th class examinations from this month across Kashmir continued on Wednesday with several groups taking to streets in the city and elsewhere.
Student protests over exams continue across Kashmir
Photo: Aman Farooq/GK

As the authorities are tight lipped over the demand of students over deferring of annual exams, protests against government announcement to conduct the 10th and 12th class examinations from this month across Kashmir continued on Wednesday with several groups taking to streets in the city and elsewhere.

Several groups of students including girls staged separate protest demonstrations in Srinagar and chanted anti-government slogans.

Students took out the protest rallis and raised anti-government slogans. 

"We believe that until there is no peace in Kashmir there should be no exams. Our future is uncertain and everyone today in Kashmir, including students, is surrounded by fear on all directions," said a student, who was part of one such protest. 

"How can we appear in exams while at the same time our fellow classmates are killed, injured, arrested and assaulted," he added. 

"While on one side forces are torturing us both physically and mentally, on the other side government asks us to appear in exams. It is a mere political stunt. It seems that we are being made a tool by government to give the sense of normalcy in Kashmir," another student in the delegation said. 

The students accused the state education ministry of being "blind to the situation" and asked it to think about of those students who are unable to read and write now because of pellet injuries.

Students also took out a peaceful protest rally at Chadoora in central Kashmir's Budgam district. 

The protest rally started from Government Higher Secondary and concluded at Chadoora main Chowk. 

They were holding banners, reading "Exam boycott till K-issue is resolved, wake up world against the Indian atrocities against unarmed Kashmiris."

"We are ready for exams but not without mates maimed and blinded by Indian forces," the placards they were carrying read.

"We will not sit in exams without Insha and Yasir. We will not appear in tests without our friends who have been rendered blind by the government forces," they added.

They slammed education minister for "closing his eyes on the brutalities on civilians by men in uniform".

Protests were also held by students at Wadwan, Budgam. The students marched into the interior streets of the locality and urged authorities to defer the tests. 

Similar reports were received from other districts including Pulwama, Shopian, Anantnag (Islamabad), and Baramulla.

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