Kashmir, India, Thousands Protest Rape of 3-Year-Old Girl

Kashmir, India, Thousands Protest Rape of 3-Year-Old Girl

Khan said Monday that the girl was hospitalized in critical condition on May 8 but her condition has stabilized. They criticised the management of a local school for certifying that the accused is a minor and demanded impartial probe into the entire incident. Mehbooba Mufti has said that the guilty of such a heinous crime should be stoned to death by invoking the Muslim Sharia laws. A fast-track investigation has also been demanded by the protestors. We assure that perpetrator of the crime will be brought to justice. 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.

Police used dozens of tear smoke canisters and pellets to disperse the angry protestors in which a few youth were injured.

"Action will be taken against the accused as per law", he said. "The rapist is among us, facilitators are among us, those who shield rapists they are among us, stalkers are among us, abusers are among us", bureaucrat turned politician Shah Faesal tweeted, demanding the justice for the minor rape victim. A local youth lured the child with a candy and allegedly raped her in the bathroom of a local school in Sumbal last Wednesday.

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

Protests broke out between security forces and people in many areas.

The J&K police have registered the FIR against the accused under Section 363, Section 342 and Section 376 of the RPC.

"The accused has been identified as Tahir Ahmad Mir of Malikpora, Sumbal".

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The official added that the principal who issued the birth cert has also been arrested and is being questioned by police.

It said the Governor spoke to S.P. Pani, Inspector General of Police (IGP) in Kashmir, and directed him "to work swiftly in the case and ensure that the culprit gets exemplary punishment for this shameful act".

"The girl is stable and in good health". The Governor asked religious leaders of different communities to deplore this gruesome incident and appealed to the people to remain calm and not let "anti-social elements disturb peace and harmony in the society". A medical team is likely to determine the accused's age through scientific measures.

On the directions of SSP Bandipora, Rahul Malik, a SIT comprising of SDPO Sumbal, SHO Sumbal, and Senior PO has been constituted to investigate the entire case.

It is the second rape in the district in less than a month.

The girl was raped in the village just before iftaar, according to the complaint filed by her family.

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