In Kashmir, the rape of a three-year-old child in Sumbal in the northern district of Bandipora on May 9, has led to public protests
According to the complaint filed by the child’s family, the minor girl was allegedly raped just before iftar (evening meal had during the holy month of Ramzan). A relative of the minor said that the accused lured the child with candy, abducted and then raped her. “The accused was caught red-handed by the locals,” said Rahul Malik, superintendent of police, Bandipora. “He was arrested immediately by the police. The victim is stable now.”
The incident has led to fears of sectarian tension
According to the police, the victim and the accused belong to two different Muslim sects. Fears of sectarian clashes grew deeper when fake pictures and videos, apparently of the three-year-old, began circulating on social media.
‘Accused is not a minor’
The police have already arrested a person identified as Tahir Ahmad Mir son of Abdul Rehman Mir and have refuted social media rumours that the rape accused is a minor. Soon after the incident, images began to be circulated of a handwritten birth certificate that appeared to have been issued for the accused by a local school.
However, locals protested when a local school tried to shield the accused by furnishing a forged date of birth certificate to show him as a minor. The head of a local school who issued a birth certificate to the accused, declaring him a minor, has been arrested along with the accused.
Protests broke out on Sunday at few places against the incident and people demanded immediate exemplary action against the perpetrators of the crime.
At Khomeini Chowk in Bemina area on the outskirts of the city, clashes took place between protesters and security forces who fired pellets and tear smoke shells to disperse them.
Both the separatists and mainstream stream politicians have condemned the incident and demanded harsh punishment for the perpetrator of the crime.
Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik has directed the concerned officials to work swiftly in the case. Also Read: Painful Alwar Gang Rape & Dirty Politics
People’s Democratic Party chief Mehbooba said shariah law seems to perfect to deal with such cases. “Mortified to hear about the rape of a three-year-old girl in Sumbal,” Mufti tweeted. “What kind of a sick pervert would do this? Society often blames women for inviting unwanted attention but what was this child’s fault? Times like these, Shariah law seems apt so that such paedophiles are stoned to death.”
Such heinous cases need to be tried in fast-track courts and it is important to resist both state violence and cases like these where civilians are involved.
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