Shopian Court Rejects ‘Rapist’s’ Bail Plea

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SRINAGAR – The principal district and sessions judge, Shopian, Raja Shuja’at Ali Khan, has rejected the bail plea of an youth accused of abduction and sexploitation of a minor saying such people could make the life of school-going girls miserable if they were set free.

According to reports, a minor 10th class student went missing over a month ago at which the family lodged a report vide FIR No 89/2012 with Police Station, Zainpur (Shopian) in South Kashmir. Following a tip off, police raided a village in Ramban and recovered the girl. The abductor, Umar Amin Malla son of Muhammad Amin of Vachi (Shopian), was arrested.

Although, in her statement before a judicial magistrate, the girl, because of fear, was reluctant to testify she had been sexually exploited, her medical examination has confirmed the crime.

Reports said the bail application of the accused had been rejected twice by the chief judicial magistrate. However, his family approached the district and sessions judge for bail. It had produced a birth certificate of the accused to suggest he was of 17-years of age.   

The principal district and sessions judge also rejected the bail plea saying the accused would try to influence the outcome of the case and also enable the accused to pressurize the victim, her family and witnesses to modify their statements and thus weaken the entire case.  

The judge observed that the life of school-going girls could be made miserable by such elements if the accused was set free. Instead of proving a deterrent, it could further promote waywardness in the society, he observed. (KNS)

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