In a chilling note of caution to parents, especially mothers of Youth in Jammu and Kashmir, Indian army said that 83% of all youth who become militants start with throwing stones for Rs 500 and therefore needed to be stopped.
This statistic, presented in a joint press conference of security forces operating in the militancy hit state of Jammu and Kashmir also adds to the political debate calling for leniency to stone throwers in the valley.
15 Corps Commander, Lieutenant General Dhillon went on to provide even more chilling statistics for the parents of “the misguided youth” to consider; “Majority of all youth taking up guns are eliminated within the first year of operation,” he said.
He encouraged the “boys who had gone astray” to lay down arms and return to mainstream since according to him, “the shelf-life of a terrorist who picks up a weapon was very short.” Read more
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