Protests in Kashmir after minor’s alleged rape by neighbour

Srinagar youths protest Sumbal toddler’s rape

Angry villagers assembled in the main markets of Sumbal and Shadipora to protest against the minor's rape allegedly by a neighbour on May 8 at Tarigam Sumbal in Bandipora.

Thousands of people took to the streets of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Monday (May 13) to demand the death penalty for a man who raped a 3-year-old girl, amid growing anger over sexual violence in the troubled Himalayan region.

Massive clashes took place between the security forces and civilians in protest against the incident. According to reports, 47 security personnel were injured in Baramulla when stone pelting mobs went on the rampage. "A group of senior doctors will conduct the age test and the age of accused boy will be determined on the basis of medical test", the police said.

The accused, Tahir Mir, has been arrested. Sectarian clashes broke out at several places, with the protesters seeking action against the accused as well as the principal.

In the second shocking incident this week, a youth was arrested by police in Ganderbal's New Colony Haran after a family alleged rape of minor by the accused.

The Governor also made an appeal to the people to remain calm and not let anti-social elements disturb the peace and harmony.

Students of Kashmir University and Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) also staged peaceful protest rallies in their campuses. "It is expected from the governor administration to rise up to the occasion and serve exemplary punishment to the person behind the crime that has send shivers down the spine of every right-thinking person". The government has formed a special investigation team for a fast-track probe.

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The spokesman said a separate inquiry has also been ordered to check the veracity of the age of the accused and ascertain the authenticity of the age certificate.

"However, the police maintained restraint".

Dozens of people were injured, a lot of them police, when officers fired tear gas and used batons to disperse stone-throwing demonstrators who had blocked part of a highway, police said in a statement.

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

Protests rocked Kashmir last year over the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Kathua district. "However about seven miscreants got injured (and) are all stable".

In Badgam district, 20 youths were injured in clashes with the security forces.

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