Purgatory in Kashmir: Violation of Juvenile Justice in the Indian Jammu and Kashmir by M. Mohsin Alam Bhat and Suroor Mander


Kashmir is on a boil. Civilian protests in the form of 'stone-pelting' have become part of the valley's daily life. These protests have been characterized by an unprecedented participation of boys and girls. Indeed, for an outsider, the conflict is increasingly identified with images and stories of children throwing stones at the Indian Security forces.

Purgatory in Kashmir docuements how the state's criminal justice system has been utterly inadequate in addressing the alienation of Kashmir's youth while failing to respect the commitments of juveile rights. Focusing on the institutions of the state and courts, it shows how the former has consistently failed to meet the mandate of its own laws on juvenile justice, either by not institutionally implemeting them or violating them in practice. As a result, Kashmir's children are caught in a cycle of incarceration and despondency through illegal punitive and arbitrary procedures. What emerges out of this, politico-judicial mess is a tragic picture ofmiltarisation, surveillance and alienation by the state of Kashmir's children.  


Genre: Report
​Price : Rs. 125
ISBN : 9789382579700



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