Protests erupt in Kashmir Valley against alleged rape of 3-year-old

Protests erupt in Kashmir Valley against alleged rape of 3-year-old

Shops, businesses and schools were also shut across the Muslim-majority region in response to a strike called by separatist cleric Moulana Masoor Abbas to protest the rape. The school certificate of the accused said that he was a minor but senior police officials claimed they were treating him as an adult as preliminary medical tests have shown. "Justice will be done and the culprit will be given severe punishment as per law".

At least a dozen people, including government forces personnel, were injured when tear gas and pellet shotguns were fired to quell the protests in many towns, top police officer Swayam Prakash Pani told the AFP news agency.

Reports said members of Jammu & Kashmir Ittehadul Muslimeen headed by Maulana Masroor Abbas Ansari (son of Hurriyat leader Abbas Ansari) assembled at Pratap Park area at Residency Road in Lal Chowk and protested against the incident.

According to the Indian Express, the girl was allegedly raped on Wednesday before iftar in the Sumbal area of Bandipora district, following which widespread protests broke out across the Valley on Sunday. "Seven miscreants too got injured but all are stable", he said. A medical team is likely to determine the accused's age through scientific measures. All political parties and religious and social groups have strongly condemned the incident and demanded that the investigation be fast-tracked. Malik directed the Kashmir divisional commissioner and Inspector General of Police to personally monitor the investigation.

People's Democratic Party chief Mehbooba said shariah law seems to ideal to deal with such cases.

"Mortified to hear about the rape of a three-year-old in Sumbal. 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 pedophiles are stoned to death". This is our rot. They even demanded the accused be hanged. "Those who are pelting stones on police should realise that we are misdirecting our anger. We are to be blamed for the hell we are experiencing".

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

"All of Kashmir stands in unison demanding sternest punishment against the brute perpetrator", he tweeted.

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