J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday evening visited south Kashmir's Anantnag district to offer personal condolences to the families of youth killed by forces in the twin districts of Anantnag and Kulgam, an official spokesman said.
"Expressing grief and anguish over the loss of precious human lives, especially the youth, the Chief Minister assured every possible help to the affected families. She said it was painful to note that these children who have become the victims of the senseless violence belong to the poorest of the poor families," the spokesman said in a statement.
The Chief Minister interacted with the parents of the slain youth and said she is pained to see the trauma they are undergoing due to the loss of their near and dear ones, the spokesman added.
The Chief Minister said "while certain quarters are only interested in playing politics over the bodies of the youth, it is the family members of these slain youth who have to live with this pain forever."
"Ironically, it is only the parents and other immediate family members of these ill-fated youth who have to live with the life-long trauma of losing their near and dear ones to this senseless violence," she said, and added: "There are hundreds of such families in Kashmir today who have lost their near and dear ones to the violence, one way or the other, and have been left at the mercy of the God. Most of these families are living in such miserable conditions that they have to even struggle for day-to-day living."
She said while hundreds and thousands of people may be attending the funerals of the slain youth, "tell me how many of these people then bother to visit these anguished families to help them out of difficult circumstances."
The Chief Minister said the Government is, however, "alive to the abject condition of such distressed families. We will try to work out a mechanism to ensure a secure and dignified living for the kith and kin of the victims of violence so that their families don't have to run from pillar to post to live a normal life."
"It is the responsibility of the Government to reach out to such families," she said. Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Syed Abid Rashid and other officers of the district administration also accompanied the Chief Minister.