UN chief expresses concern over death of children in Jammu and Kashmir

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Monday expressed concern over the death of children in Jammu and Kashmir and urged the Indian government to take preventive measures to protect them. The casualties in the state were mainly caused by torture in detention, shootings, including from pump action guns, and cross-border shelling, he said.

In a report titled Children and Armed Conflict, Guterres said the United Nations had verified over 25,000 grave violations against children in 19 situations globally between January and December last year. More than half of these were committed by non-state actors, and a third by government and international forces, he added.

In Jammu and Kashmir, the global body said that it had verified the killing of eight children and maiming of seven between the age of one and 17. Of these, 13 are boys and two are girls.

These children died by or during joint operations of the Central Reserve Police Force, the Indian Army and the Special Operations Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, Lashkar-e-Taiba and other unidentified armed elements, it added. Some died during military shelling across the Line of Control.

The United Nations also verified attacks on nine schools in the state by “unidentified elements”. As many as 68…

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