Srinagar, January 1
Directing government to repair all school buildings which were damaged in about five month long unrest in the valley, Jammu and Kashmir High Court (HC) said like water and air, education is an essential component of human life.
Meanwhile, police has informed the court that 47 persons, allegedly involved in setting ablaze or damaging schools in the valley during the unrest.
For moral, spiritual and material development of a human being, education is of utmost importance, a division bench of the HC comprising Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Justice Alok Aradhe said on a petition.
The court directed state government to take immediate steps for reconstruction or repairing schools which were burnt down or damaged during the unrest in Kashmir.
However, the court asked the people to ensure that the educational institutions in their areas are protected from being damaged or burnt.
Additional Advocate General (AAG), B A Dar submitted that all the directions passed by the court from time to time were being complied by the government.
The AAG said he will file two copies of reports provided by the School Education Department (SED) in compliance to the court orders within three weeks.
The court said that education is not relevant only for present times but it has been relevant for the human beings from the advent of human history.
The court said that illiteracy breeds ignorance and illiterate people are susceptible to all kinds of exploitations. Like water and air, education is an essential component of human life. For moral, spiritual and material development of a human being, education is of utmost importance, the court observed and directed the government to take immediate steps for reconstruction of the burnt and damaged schools.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, in the status report said that three more arrests were made by the police in the second fortnight of December, taking the number of those involved in burning of schools to 47.
The police chief in Kashmir said that Special Investigating Teams (SITs) have been stressed upon to ensure that the investigation of the cases are conducted as per the highest standards of investigation by collecting sufficient evidences against the those involved to award exemplary punishment to them.