North Kashmir tense after ‘abduction, gang rape’ of teenage girl


Police Register Case, Start Investigation

MANZOOR-UL-HASSAN,  Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, July 12: A 16-year-old girl (name withheld) from Mamoosa area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district was allegedly abducted and gang raped by a group of youth on her way back home after appearing in the secondary school bi-annual examination last week (July 7), sources said on Thursday.

Sources said the village Mamoosa of Tehsil Pattan is tense after the news spread in the area.

According to police, her abduction took place on July 7 at 5 pm when the victim was returning home after appearing in private matriculation examination for Social Science paper at Government Higher Secondary School Tarhama near Magam.
Quoting the victim, her father told Greater Kashmir that a group of youth forcibly dragged her into car near Wussan and took her to some unknown place and forced them on her. “She was later released in tattered condition near her village Mamoosa Pattan at 9 pm wherefrom a man accompanied her to home where she narrated the ill fated tale to us,” he said.

He said the next day after the parents and neighbors took her to Police Station Pattan, the SHO refused to proceed in the case giving the reason that “the spot from where the incident of abduction took place does not come under their jurisdiction.”

“They asked us to approach Police Station Kunzar. Later when villagers approached the said police station they registered the case after listening to our complaint,” the father said.

However the victim’s father is worried about the ‘callous approach’ of the police in investigating the case. “The case was registered on July 8 and two of the culprits are already identified but despite passing of 5 days no arrest has been made,” he alleged.

Sources said two days before a delegation of villagers visited Kunzar Police Station and stressed upon them for speeding up the proceedings of the case. It is suspected that the abductors belong to the same village and are involved in many ‘criminal activities’ including selling objectionable CDs. “The accused persons are called as renegades in the village for their involvement in ‘Anti-social’ activities,” sources said.

POLICE SPEAKS
SHO Kunzer Police Station, Sajad Ahmad said that the initial investigation and medical report did not establish rape. “But we have already registered the case (FIR 84/12) under section 366 (abduction), 376 (rape), 511 (attempt to rape) on July 8 and started the investigation,” he said.

Ahmad said two of the accused have been identified as Ishfaq Ahmad and Muhammad Altaf of Mirpur in Mamoosa.

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