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    Kashmir's children 'mistreated in adult jails'
    Hundreds of youths detained in state prisons during protests in Indian-administered Kashmir last year say they have been abused and mistreated by the authorities, reports the BBC's Riyaz Masroor in Srinagar.

    Umar, 16, responds with a blank look when asked to recall his 35-day stay in prison last year.

    Jailed at 15 for throwing stones at policemen near his hometown of Pattan, 35km (22 miles) north of Srinagar city, Umar now fears any man in uniform.

    Umar and dozens of his fellow protesters say they were first detained in an abandoned matchstick factory.

    The place, they allege, served as a forced interrogation chamber of the paramilitary Special Task Force (STF) which has consistently denied all allegations that it has mistreated detainees.

    Those who were held say that they were later shifted by the authorities to a district jail in Baramulla, 30km (19 miles) from their homes.

    Umar is now out on bail, but he still faces several charges, including arson and attempt to murder, which he and his family deny.

    He is among hundreds of boys who were detained during the 2010 protests.

    Local rights groups have long criticised the state government's policy of lodging boys in adult jails.

    In the rest of India, offenders under 18 years are treated as juveniles and sent to separate detention facilities.
    'A joke'
    But in Kashmir, boys above 16 are treated as adults.
    Rights groups have been demanding that the state government amend the detention law to make it similar to the rest of India.

    Kashmir-based child rights lawyer Abdul Rashid Hanjura says that the current system of dealing with juvenile offenders is "little short of a joke".

    "They jail boys aged between 16 and 18 and then claim they have no juveniles [underage boys] in detention," he said.

    "We want the state law to be on a par with the Indian law."

    Rights activists say holding an underage person in an adult prison amounts to a violation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to which India is a signatory.

    Umar and hundreds like him say that they were detained in adult prisons even when they were under 16.

    Umar says that while he was not tortured, he was initially beaten with a bamboo stick at the local police station.

    But he shivers when recalling his five-week ordeal in prison alongside convicted thieves and hardened criminals.

    Umar's parents and siblings say that they have noticed a change in his behaviour which sometimes is marked by violent outbursts.

    Mr Hanjura says detaining teenagers in the absence of a juvenile justice system is only going to create more trouble in future.

    "When the boys spend time with convicts and adult criminals, they undergo psychological trauma which creates a sense of revenge," he says.

    'Rebellion'
    Umar aspired to become a doctor before he was arrested, but now he has lost interest in studies.
    He is required to appear before a trial court every month.

    "Every time, the judge asks me my name and marks the date for the next hearing. I wish he would listen to me."

    He says life has changed for him after his jail term.

    "Earlier I used to play unmindfully. Now I need to remember the date of the next trial. If I miss it, the policemen will knock on the door. I am scared."

    Leading psychiatrist Dr Arshad Hussain says young detainees tend to pick up adult behaviour faster when in jail.

    "When they are out, parents complain of rebellion but they don't realise the scale of the psychological impact," he said.

    The state's Internal Security Minister Nasir Aslam refused to comment on the allegations.

    But officials say the government has tried to remedy the problem, recently setting up a "juvenile home" on the outskirts of Srinagar.

    This secluded and quiet three-storey building is situated in the scenic surroundings of the famed Harvan Mughal garden.

    But its picturesque qualities are lost on the teenagers who are lodged here. They argue that they would be better off in mainstream prisons because they feel so lonely.

    'No rehabilitation'
    "No sports, no education. We only sleep," says a boy facing murder charges.
    The home now houses fewer than 10 juveniles - most of them booked for throwing stones at the security forces or for shouting anti-India slogans.

    "We'll soon offer sports and other fun activities besides moral education," says its administrator Bashir Ahmad.

    Campaigners say that besides setting up the home, the authorities have done little to rehabilitate juvenile offenders rounded up during last year's anti-India street protests.

    Chief Minister Omar Abdullah recently announced an amnesty for those not facing serious accusations, but many of the boys charged with stone-throwing or attending a procession either remain in jail or are on bail facing trial.

    Offenders are generally charged under the draconian Public Safety Act which allows police to detain a person for longer periods without trial and recommend a minimum two-year prison term.

    The government says it wants to soften the law to reduce this punishment to six months.

    But that has not impressed separatist groups who blame the government for inflicting "mass punishment" on the people of Indian-administered Kashmir for "rising against injustice and repression".
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    Umar (centre) is relieved to be back home with his parents
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    I need to remember the date of the next trial. If I miss it, the policemen will knock on the door. I am scared." ”
    Umar
    Kashmiri teenager
     
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    Why is state govt of kashmir not creating juvenile jails. What is the point of having so much autonomy if you do worse than other states.
     
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    <yawn>

    It's a jail.

    All kinda of horrible things happen in jails in almost all the countries in the Indian Subcontinent.

    ...or somehow the fair blue eyed Kashmiris are more special than their counterparts in other jails of the Indian Subcontinent.

    <Yawn>

    Pakistani love for Kashmiris.

    Ha!
     
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    ^^^^^^ its a jail so abuse is acceptable?
     
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    IS Kashmiris being abused in Jail so any worse than a Pakistani or an Indian or a Bangladeshi being abused in jail?

    I guess for you it is.
     
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    Lol, not that it matters, but I find it funny - since when do all Kashmiris have blue eyes? Take it easy there with the generalization little tiger. Deflate that ego just a little, would ya? :whistle:
     
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    Why you no ask your PDF brethren asks me? ;)
     
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    so you saying that as every other is being abused in jail so abuse of Kashmiris is justified ? what a logic dear :yahoo:
     
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    Is that how you interpret my comment?

    Great reading comprehension! :D
     
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    One more reason why China and Pakistan should liberate Kashmir from India's evil control. ^^
     
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    Tibetians and Balochis are dying for that!

    Charity starts from Home. :P
     
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    And what happenes in Pakistan is even worse - Judges give coockies and tea to terrorists out of fear. Lol

     
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    Kashmiri children were kidnapped from their homes and schools, they are jailed for their crime of being born to Muslim mothers!

    Once again, it has been proven that UN is supporting genocide of Muslims and Kashmir is no-go area.
     
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    India's evil control...or evil India's control.

    I like the latter. :D

    BTW, why not start with Southy Tibety or whatever Disney cooked up name you've given it?

    Come and take it. ;)
     
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    Lets say i would hate to be in jail in either countries. I would suggest behaving yourself and abide by the law of the land. Simples
     
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