Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Syed Altaf Bukhari on Saturday advised students protesting over the Kathua rape-murder case to control their emotions and resume their classes.
"After the Kathua incident, we gave the students a chance to vent their emotions. Students should control their emotions and now go back to their classes," the minister told media.
The minister said Kashmir cannot afford a generation of illiterates and urged everybody to help ensure that students resume academic activities.
He warned that if the present situation continued the state government would be forced to close down educational institutions. "The security of students is our paramount concern. That is why we close schools and colleges."
Kashmir has been in the throes of spiraling student protests in the past month or so to seek justice for the Kathua rape-murder victim whose body was found in Rasana village on January 10.