Families might lose rights over dead bodies of militants

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Families of militants may soon lose the rights to the last rites of their kith and kin as the Government of India has been urged not to return the bodies of militants killed in encounters with Government Forces.

In a report published in The Indian Express, it was stated that the Jammu Kashmir Police and the Indian Army is of the opinion that handing over the dead bodies of dead militants to their families flares up emotions of public in the area and leads to an atmosphere that is conducive for more youths picking up the gun, as stated in a recent study.

The study conducted by Criminal Investigation Department (CID) published earlier this year had stated that the funerals of slain militants act as fertile ground for militants and they use the event to mobilise opinion in their favour and asking youths to join the group.

According to a news agency The Kashmiriyat, the Government of India might leave the final decision to the Jammu Kashmir Police who are in charge of taking and later handing over the dead bodies of dead militants to their families. It is also on cards that militants killed in encounters will be buried at the place nearest to the encounter site.

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