‘Humanitarian nightmare’: Pakistan condemns alleged rape of three-year-old in Kashmir

Clay Curtis
May 14, 2019

At least 70 people were injured after the violent protests erupted over the rape of a three-year-old girl in Kashmir.

"Reported horrific rape of 3-year-old Kashmiri girl in Bandipora, in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir, another brutal reminder of humanitarian nightmare in IoK", FO Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said on Twitter on Monday.

Several schools and colleges have closed after protesting students clashed with security forces. According to reports, 47 security personnel were injured in Baramulla when stone pelting mobs went on the rampage.

The protesters said the suspect is at least 20 and worked in a motor fix workshop.

The accused, Tahir Mir, has been arrested. However, the police didn't allow them to come outside, which lead to clashes.

Sumbal: Four days after a youth was arrested for allegedly raping a three-year-old girl in Bandipora district of north Kashmir, police sources said preliminary medical examination has revealed he is not a minor. Protests by students, political parties and the civil society have spread across the Kashmir Valley, with calls for strictest possible punishment.

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Schools and business establishments in the area remained shut as protestors demanded the strongest penalty for the accused. @JmuKmrPolice must ensure a speedy investigation with only one consideration and that is to identify the guilty, prepare a watertight case & ensure exemplary punishment to those responsible.

Police said the child was lured into an empty school by a neighbour and raped last Wednesday.

"However, the police maintained restraint". A controversy had arisen about the age of the accused after a private school issued a date of birth certificate that said the minor was born on July 23, 2009. "Seven miscreants too got injured but all are stable", he said.

The governor also appealed to the people not to pay heed to rumours and said rumour mongers will be dealt strictly as per the law, he said.

Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq appealed for unity and vigil against some elements who want to divide people on sectarian basis.

People's Democratic Party chief Mehbooba said shariah law seems to flawless to deal with such cases. Clashes erupted in Ganziwara area of Anantnag district when a group of youth pelted 40 Battalion CRPF Camp with stones.

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