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SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir Students Association has appealed to Union Home Minister Amit Shah to reconsider the decision to deny government jobs to families of stone pelters in Kashmir, arguing that the policy will worsen existing issues rather than solve them.

In a statement, National Convenor Nasir Khuehami emphasized the need for rehabilitation and unity at this critical time. “Punishing innocent family members for the actions of individuals engaged in unlawful activities is unjustifiable and counterproductive to fostering harmony and inclusivity,” Khuehami said.

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He highlighted that denying job opportunities to innocent relatives of offenders could prevent their positive integration into society.

Khuehami stressed the principle that individuals should not be punished for the crimes of others, noting that a blanket ban on career prospects would impede the positive transformation of law-abiding family members. He warned that such a policy could perpetuate cycles of alienation and resentment, urging for policies that support rehabilitation rather than punitive measures.

“We should not only welcome those ready to return to the mainstream but also create pathways for future reintegration,” Khuehami stated. He called for the recognition and support of those who have reformed, aligning with constitutional values that appreciate positive reformation.

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Khuehami concluded by requesting Amit Shah to reconsider policies that deny government jobs to youths with family members involved in law-and-order incidents, advocating for inclusivity and opportunities for rehabilitation to ensure a harmonious and prosperous future for Jammu and Kashmir.

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