Shock over rape of 3 year old in Kashmir

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Wahid Bhat|SRINAGAR

Bandipora district in northern Kashmir is in shock over a three-year-old girl’s rape, allegedly by a neighbour during the holy month of Ramzan.

Acting on complaint of the victim’s family, police has arrested the accused, identified as Tahir Ahmad Mir (20), son of Abdul Rehman Mir resident of Malikpora, Trehgam, Sumbal.

A senior police official said that they have arrested the accused, and have started investigation into the matter.

A case FIR number 81/2019, under section 363/342/376 RPC has been registered in this connection at Police Station Sumbal, he added.

Protest across Kashmir

Protest demonstrations were held in many parts of Kashmir valley demanding strong punishment to the culprit involved in rape of a three year old girl in Bandipora district.

As per reports, scores of youth assembled in Press Colony and started sloganeering against the accused and demanded strong action against him. The youth were seen holding placards and posters in their hands carrying demands and messages like “Hang the rapist Tahir” , “We want justice”.

Students of Kashmir University also held a protest demonstration inside the Main Campus. As per report, scores of students protested against rape of a three year old girl and demanded punishment of death to accused. The protestors shouted slogans against the accused and demanded strong against the culprit. The students were seen holding posters in their hands that carried demands and messages like “Stop rape now”, “Hang the rapist”, “Girls are not born for rape”.

“Our aim to assemble here is to convey a loud and clear message that we unequivocally condemn such dastardly acts. There is no space for such people in our society whose conscience is dead,” protestors said.

The protesters appealed the government to ensure that the accused does not get any concession is punished sternly for his misdeed.

“This is unfortunate that we have people like him (accused) in our society who even doesn’t hesitate to victimize infants to quench their lust. All of us who have assembled here will continue our struggle till the accused is sentenced to death,” the protesters added.

Student of GDC Sumbal also took a protests March and demanded justice of the minor victim. The students said that they will hit streets if the culprit will not be hanged.

It’s pertinent to mention here that a three year old girl was raped by a 20 year old boy in Malikpora, Tregam area of Sumbal, Bandipora. Police few days ago claimed to have arrested the accused.

One rape is committed every day in J&K

Crime against women is on the rise in Jammu and Kashmir, official statistics reveals that at least one rape is committed every day in the State.

2210 rape cases were pending for disposal in the courts as on April 1, 2018. The maximum rape cases are pending in Kupwara (332) followed by Baramulla where number of such cases is 306. Budgam is at third place where the number of pending rape cases is 252.

A total of 167 rape cases are pending for disposal in Anantnag while as 148 cases are pending in Kulgam. Similarly, 125 cases are pending in Srinagar, 122 in Rajouri and 106 in Jammu. A total of 77 cases are pending in Udhampur, 49 in Reasi, 20 in Kishtwar, 69 in Bhaderwah, 61 in Ramban, 43 in Poonch, 30 in Samba, 40 in Kathua, 70 in Pulwama, 58 in Shopian, 41 in Ganderbal and 85 in Bandipora.

Punishment for rape in India

Last year Cabinet has approved the introduction of the death penalty for those who rape children, amid uproar over a series of high-profile cases.

The change to the country’s penal code applies to those convicted of raping a child under the age of 12.

There have been nationwide protests in recent weeks over the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl.

The government has come under fire for not doing enough to prevent sexual-assault cases, many involving children.

Police forms SIT to probe

Jammu and Kashmir police have constituted a Special Investigating Team to probe alleged rape of minor girl in Sumbal area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

“SIT comprising SDPO Sumbal, SHO Sumbal and Sr. PO has been constituted to investigate the entire case,” said SSP Bandipora Rahul Malik.

He said the age confirmation of accused will be determined on the basis of scientific medical test to be conducted by team of senior doctors, and the investigation have started into the matter.

Acting on complaint of the victim’s family, Jammu and Kashmir police have already arrested the accused Tahir Ahmad Mir, 20, son of Abdul Rehman Mir of Trehgam village in Sumbal area and an FIR number 81/2019 under section 363/342/376 stand registered against him at Police Station Sumbal.

JKPM leader Shehla Rashid Shora visited family

Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) delegation led by Shehla Rashid Shora on Saturday visited family of the three-year-old-child.

JKPM leader Shehla Rashid said that, “JKPM strongly condemns the incident, and we call for the strictest possible punishment to the perpetrator.

Incidents like these are becoming a regular occurrence in our valley now, something that calls for urgent measures, including widespread social awareness. We assure full support to the family and stand with them in their fight for justice. We also admire the strong stance taken by the people of Trigam, Sumbal against the rape incident.”

Shora met the family and pledged all possible support. She said that, “We are moved by the condition of the family. We have done what was possible for us, and we also urge all sections of the society to come forward and help the family.”

Expressing concern about the violation of privacy of the child, Shora added that, “JKPM urges all responsible members of the society to desist from revealing the name of the rape survivor. It is both against the law of the land, as well as against basic tenets of decency.”

Shora was accompanied by JKPM Sonawari in-charge, Tariq Ahmed Rather, JKPM State Executive Member Iqbal Ahmed Rather, JKPM activist Javaid Ahmad Kuchay, and several other JKPM members.

While condemning the horrific rape of a 3-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district, former CM Mehbooba Mufti called for the accused to be stoned to death.

Taking to her Twitter handle Mufti said Mortified to hear about the rape of a 3 yr old girl in Sumbal. 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.

In 2016, Indonesia passed laws authorising chemical castration, minimum sentences and execution for convicted paedophiles. The decision was taken by President Joko Widodo after the gang rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl.

Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen are the countries that follow Sharia law.

Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference chairman Sajad Lone said the incident merits introspection.

“The tragedy in Tarigam Sumbal as beastly it merits serious social introspection. We need to seriously ponder on this mad sickness on the prowl. We need to work hard to rediscover the moral foundations of our society,” Lone said in a tweet.

He said he had talked to Governor Satya Pal Malik and requested that the perpetrator of the crime be strongly dealt with.

Separatist leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani also condemned the incident.

“Deeply disturbed by the shocking heinous crime committed on a 3-year-old child in Sumbal. Such repeated incidents raise a serious question mark on how much of our moral and religious values have been imbibed within us and are reflected in our collective behaviour as a society.

“Appeal all to maintain calm and introspect while demanding stern punishment and speedy justice for the victim,” Mirwaiz said on Twitter.

In a statement, Geelani termed such incidents as a black stain on the social fabric and rich culture of the state.

The minor girl was allegedly raped just before iftar (evening meal had during the holy month of Ramzan) according to the complaint filed by her family.

The police have already arrested a person identified as Tahir Ahmad Mir, accused of raping the three-year-old girl in Sumbal area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

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