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Naxalites And Terror Groups Using Children To Fight, Says UN

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| October 7 , 2017 , 11:42 IST

Cracking down on Naxalites and terrorism, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that they are using children to fight in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand while burning schools in Kashmir.

Guterres in his annual report on Children said, "Children continued to be affected by incidents of violence between armed groups and the government, in particular in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, as well as tensions in Jammu and Kashmir."

"The United Nations continued to receive reports of the recruitment and use of children by armed groups, including the Naxalites, in particular in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand," he said.

The world body leader also cited reports of over 30 schools being burned down in Kashmir by armed groups.

According to the 2016 UN report, Naxalites other armed groups using children to fight had only come down in only two states compared to six in the previous year. In addition, government reports confirmed the military use of four schools by security forces in that region for several weeks.

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The earlier report had named 6 states - Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha and West Bengal, where these armed groups were using children to fight.

According to the UN, the violations against children stand much higher than the government's projection.

Guterres said, "I call upon the (Indian) government to develop appropriate mechanisms to protect children from recruitment, as well as to separate and reintegrate recruited children. I also urge the Government to ensure the protection of children from any form of violence in the context of civil unrest or law and order operations."

"Children continued to be killed and injured in the context of operations of national security forces against Maoist armed groups," he added.

However, the Home Affairs Ministry claims that only 213 civilians were killed in encounters, which is an increase from the 171 in 2015, but the number of children was not provided.