Clashes, protests against rape of minor continue

MAJID NABI. Dated: 5/15/2019 2:53:39 PM

Restrictions in parts of Valley

SRINAGAR, May 14: Kashmir valley continues to simmer against alleged rape of a three years old girl at Sumbal area in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district last week with students from different colleges and universities hit streets today to seek ‘stringent’ punishment to the accused.
As a precautionary measure, authorities also imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPC on civilian movement in parts of Srinagar including Zadibal and Alamgari Bazar and some parts of north Kashmir.
Clashes also broke out at Zadibal area between protesting youth and government forces this morning; however the authorities tightened the deployment to prevent clashes to reoccur. Additional companies of police and paramilitary forces were deployed in these areas to maintain law and order.
Complete shutdown amid stringent restrictions was observed in Magam area of Tangmarg in north Kashmir with additional companies of police and paramilitary troopers deployed on roads to ensure no untoward incident took place.
Meanwhile, hundreds of students from different departments under the banner of Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU) assembled inside the varsity campus and staged demonstrations to protest alleged rape of minor girl in Sumbal.
Chanting slogans against the rape accused like “we are ashamed that your rapist is alive and do justice with the rape victim” the protesting students said police should speedup investigation into the issue so that the guilty is punished for the heinous crime he committed against the minor girl.
They also appealed people from different sects of the society to maintain brotherhood to foil nefarious designs of those elements who want to flare up the situation for their political interests.
“Our heart goes out with little girl who was brutally raped in Sumbal last week. We express our sympathy with the victim family and at the same time appeal people to remain vigil against nefarious designs of vested interest elements who want to exploit the incident for their political interests,” said the students.
Similarly students of Government Women’s College M.A Road, Amar Singh College and Jhelum Valley Medical College also staged protest against alleged rape of minor girl from Sumbal.
Students of Women’s College assembled at college campus to register their protest and later took out a rally to Lal Chowk to condemn rape incident. Massive clashes broke out at Amar Singh College after the police allegedly used force against students who tried to come out on the roads to protest the Sumbal tragedy.
Witnesses said that the students, after being barred to come out, resorted to stone pelting from inside the college with police responded with tear smoke shells to disperse them. The clashes, witnesses said, continued for two hours. However, no one was injured in the incident.
Clashes also broke out, outside Degree College Bemina here between police and students who were protesting against Sumbal rape incident. However the situation was immediately brought under control by the police.
A group of students from different colleges of Kargil district in Leh Ladakh also assembled at Press Enclave and held protest against the Sumbal rape incident.
The students said justice will be delivered to the minor rape victim only after the accused rapist is hanged till death.
Earlier students of Jhelum Valley Medical College took to the roads and staged protest against what they termed beastly act. Besides trail on fast track basis, the protesting students appealed the government to ensure the accused is sentenced to death.
Vistasta Law College students took out a protest rally from Regal Chowk against alleged rape of minor girl by a twenty years old youth who also happens to be their neighbor at Sumbal area in north Kashmir last week.
Joined by the activists of Muslim Khawateen Markaz (MKM) a constituent of Hurriyat Conference (G) led by Yasmeen Raja demanded harshest punishment for the accused for allegedly tarnishing modesty of a three years old.



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