JK police handcuff minors, take them to court


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Continuing the arrest of minors in Kashmir valley, the Jammu and Kashmir police today, again, produced a minor boy, Manzoor Ahmad Sheikh, 16, handcuffed in a local court in Srinagar. He along with three more minors and five adults was arrested allegedly for stone throwing and was today chained with handcuffs while taken to the court. The rest 8 people had got bail but Sheikh hadn’t. The court today granted him bail. The charges against him and others were “war against nation, arson, and unlawful activities” during the protests which started against the anti-Islam video “The Innocence of Muslims”. He was in jail for 8 days.

Earlier also, several times, the police has produced handcuffed minors in the court, despite at one time judge opposing such treatment of the police towards minors. In November, 2011, Judge Masoodi asked the policeman, who brought a few handcuffed minors to the court, to remove their handcuffs and asked him their age. “Janab (Sir), I guess their age is somewhere between 15 and 18,” the policeman had said. “Could you write their age on the paper, I want to check if your guess is right,” the judge replied, as quoted by The Indian Express. The children of Kashmir are treated as dreaded criminals by the police time and again. Shahid Tantray brings these photos of Manzoor, being taken into the court.


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