Anyone in Kashmir below 18 should not be treated like criminals: Rajnath

New Delhi, Sep 11, 2017: In a bid to meet every stakeholder in Jammu and Kashmir and resolve issues faced by the people, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said “Whatever efforts need to be made for bringing peace and prosperity I will do it.”

Addressing a media in Srinagar, Rajnath said “Not just five times, if there is a need to come visit Kashmir 50 times in a year I shall come. Whatever efforts need to be made for bringing peace and prosperity I will do it.”

“I would like to talk to all the stakeholders, I have always said this. I am not here keeping any reservation in mind,” he added.

Appealing all tourists to come to visit Kashmir and businesses to invest, Singh said people of Kashmir are ready to welcome you, they want to turn it into heaven again.

The Home Minister also recollect Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech and said Kashmiris must be embraced and not abused.

“The situation (in Valley) is improving, I don’t want to say it is better, but it much better than earlier,” he said.

After holding a security review meeting, Rajnath Singh said kids below the age of 18 will be treated in accordance with the Juvenile Act and not like criminals. “…kids below the age of 18 should not be treated like criminals, whatever investigation needs to be done it must be in accordance with juveline act. They must not be sent to prison, must be sent to juvenile homes,” he said.

While talking on the special status granted to J&K under Article 35A, Rajnath Singh assured that the Centre would never take any step that would hurt the people’s sentiments.

Wefornews Bureau

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