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Boy’s suicide forces Kashmir govt to release salary of his father, who had taken up arms against India in 1990s

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday released the salary of a teacher whose son committed suicide over the plight of his family.

Director School Education Kashmir Tassaduq Hussain Mir released Rs 33 crores to chief education officers of Kashmir for payment of withheld salary of 630 teachers, including the father of a boy from Kulgam who committed suicide on May 28.

“The salary of these teachers was pending due to deficiency of documents and verification,” the official said.

In the video shot by the boy, Shoaib Bashir Mir, before committing suicide, he was heard as saying that he was forced to take this extreme step due to financial crises of his family following non-payment of the salary of his father for last over two-and-a-half years. “I am sacrificing myself for all those teachers who have been deprived of their salary for two and a half years now, so their problems are solved… My father’s salary has been withheld and our life has become wretched beyond imagination,” he said, his voice choking.

After consuming poison in the orchard, according to Jameela, Mir walked to his home a kilometre (0.6 miles) away and hugged her for the last time.

“His face had turned pale and his eyes looked black. I asked him what happened. He just said: ‘Mother, why are we so poor?’” his mother was quoted in the media reports.

Pertinently all the teachers whose salary was withheld have blamed a former Director School Education Kashmir for withholding their wages.

The suicide of youth had sent shock waves across the political spectrum in Kashmir with calls for booking officers who stopped his father’s salary for abetting suicide.

The government had reportedly stopped the salary of the boy’s father due to his past involvement in the pro-freedom movement.

Since India unilaterally abrogated limited autonomy, New Delhi has tightened its grip over nearly 500,000 government employees, citing the “state security”. In the past two months, at least six Kashmiris were terminated from their jobs.

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