On Thursday, the Supreme Court of India issued an interim order to curb the “brazen, deliberate and unlawful use” of guns by school children, which had been the subject of heated debate in the country.
According to a ruling by Justice T.S. Thakur, a senior court advocate, the government cannot be seen to be in a “state of panic” by its students and must “provide them with adequate information and education” on the subject.
While a trial has not yet started in the case, the order has prompted the state of Jammu and Kashmir to issue guidelines for schools to make sure that students do not have access to weapons, which include stun guns, plastic bullets, pepper spray and stun grenades.
The move comes as students are being taught to use guns for self-defence against a range of other incidents.
Earlier this month, a 16-year-old boy was killed in a shootout at an art school in the state.
His body was found in the school courtyard.
Police have arrested six people in connection with the incident.
The teenager, named as Nazeer, had been at the school with two other students.
According the court, the students had been given the wrong information about the weapons that the boy’s friend had.
They were also not told that the weapon that killed Nazeers friend was a stun gun, which is banned in the Kashmir Valley.
In a similar incident earlier this month at the Jamia Masjid, a Muslim school in Srinagar, three youths were killed after a group of attackers opened fire on them.