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Protests Erupt In Kashmir’s Bandipore Following The Rape Of A Three-Year-Old

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  •  May 14, 2019

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Kashmir, angered by the rape of a three-year-old in Sumbal in the northern district of Bandipore.

As per the complaint filed by the minor’s family, she had gone with her uncle to a local shop in the evening of May 9 to buy chewing gum, when he went to offer prayers and asked the minor to get back home on her own. That’s when she was abducted by the accused, Tahir Ahmed Mir, who took her to a nearby government school, where she was raped.

“The accused was caught red-handed by the locals,” said Rahul Malik, superintendent of police, Bandipore. “He was arrested immediately by the police. The victim is stable now.”

As the news spread, schools and business establishments in the area were shut down and students took on streets demanding the strongest punishment possible for the accused. And amidst the protests, clashes between the protesting youth and security forces were also reported on May 12 from Bandipore and Budgam districts, which resulted in mobile internet services being cut off in many parts of North and Central Kashmir. As the victim and the accused belong to two different Muslim sects, the fear of sectarian tension has escalated.

In addition, fake pictures and video of the minor have also been circulating on social media and the police said that they have taken note of “rumour-mongers” and had “called up” the administrators of the social media accounts that shared the content. “Wherever we are coming across rumours and other fake content attributed to the incident, we are taking notice of that,” said a senior police officer in Bandipore district. “We will definitely take action against them.”

On Monday, a mass meeting of various religious sects was also held at a prominent religious seminary in Bandipore. “All the religious groups are on the same page and have demanded exemplary punishment for the culprit,” said the senior police officer. “It’s a positive development and will certainly have an impact on the ground.”

Soon after the incident, it was being said that the accused was a minor, however, the police have refuted the rumours. “From his body, physique and build, he appears to be a major,” said Governor Satya Pal Malik. “We are in the process of completing the medical and other legal formalities.”

H/T: Scroll

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