Data of Large Youth Bulge Denotes Urgency of Engagement of Minors and Youth in J & K

Continued attraction of youth in the Valley to militancy, disruption of law order through protests and stone pelting is a challenge that has engaged attention for some time now. There was alarm to see school students including girls raising slogans in Srinagar in April and May 2017, while these have since subsided the number of youth joining militancy and engaged in stone pelting continues to rise. 110 youth have reportedly joined militant ranks till July 15 this year (2018). Shopian in south Kashmir accounted for the maximum - 28 recruits, Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam and Awantipora contributing to 91 youths joining various terror groups as per the Jammu and Kashmir police. The profile of the youth who are joining militancy include an MBA degree holder, a PhD scholar Mannan Bashir Wani and the younger brother of an Indian Police Service officer of the Northeast cadre. An examination of data would reveal depth of the challenge faced as 40 percent of the population in J & K comprises of adolescents and youth in the 10 to 24 years age bracket.............................(850 Words).

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