At a time when the Valley is angry over the rape of a three-year-old girl in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district comes the news that another teenage girl was raped – this time in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.
A 20-year-old man (Muhammad Aasif Wani) has been arrested
Police has registered a case under FIR no 98/2019 under RPC 376, 451 RPC Sec-4 and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) and has taken up the investigation. The official said a special team has been formed to fast-track the investigation in a professional manner.
He said medical examination of the victim has been conducted. The victim’s family has demanded justice and called for the hanging of the rapist. Meanwhile, protests continued in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley against the rape of three-year-old girl in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
The alleged rape of 3 yr old minor Kashmir by Tahir Ahmed Mir has shook the nation
On the evening of May 8, a three-year-old girl of Tiragam, Sumbal in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district was raped by her neighbour Tahir Ahmed Mir, 20, after she was lured to the washroom of a nearby school.
Her family alleged that the accused lured the child with candy, abducted her and then raped her in washroom of a school. The accused was arrested by the police and has been sent to police remand by the court. As a precautionary measure, authorities had ordered the closure of many educational institutions in central, south and north Kashmir.
The rape of the three-year-old girl has caused outrage in the Valley with mainstream and separatist politicians, religious parties, civil society members, traders and youth denouncing the incident and demanding stern punishment for the rapist. Read: The Brutal Rape Of 3 Yr Old Minor, A Slap On Women Safety
The administration has ordered a fast-track investigation in the case with PDP chief and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti saying that Islamic Shariah law seems apt so that such paedophiles are stoned to death.
Advisor to Governor K Vijay Kumar said speedy investigation is going on in the rape case and the culprit will be given exemplary punishment.
Latest government crime figures show that two rape cases involving girls under the age of six were reported in 2016. Overall, 21 cases of rape against minors were registered in the state that year.
Protests rocked Kashmir last year over the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Kathua district.
Soon after the incident came to light, the federal government introduced the death penalty for those convicted of raping minors under the age of 12.
Recent incidents are a warning that Kashmir is headed to be a place where daughters are not secure at home and in the neighborhood — and even religious places are not secure from rapists..
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