Kashmir Shocked By Death of Delhi Rape Victim

SRINAGAR: Terming the death of Delhi gang rape victim as extremely sad and a shameful for the nation, various Kashmir based leaders and civil society organizations have expressed grief and shock over the demise of the victim who died at a Singapore hospital.

The State Women’s Commission (SWC) today held condolence meet in Srinagar to express solidarity with the family of victim.

While expressing grief over the demise of the victim, the SWC Chairperson hoped that the death of the victim would contribute towards making India a safer place for Women.

 “The biggest tribute to the victim is to amend the laws in such a way as to ensure safety and protection to the women of the nation”, said SWC Chairperson Shamima Firdous. She reiterated the demand to amend the laws for speedy trail and make lessen the onus of proof on victim against the accused.

“My daughter passed on the news to me about the victim’s death and I was shocked. Girl waged a relentless battle to live, unfortunately destiny had willed it otherwise…our hearts cry today”, said SWC Chairperson. 

Meanwhile, expressing profound grief and shock over the gang rape of 23-year old medical student at Delhi recently, ANC Chairperson Begum Khalidah Shah demanded exemplary punishment for the perpetrators of the heinous crime.

“Unless and until the most deterrent punishment is given to those involved in such brutal acts, such incidents would continue to rouse public anger and violent demonstrations no matter in which part of the country these take place,” she said, adding the country-wide protests over the Delhi gang rape were an eye-opener for everyone to ensure safety and security of women.

While calling for arrest of security forces personnel involved in rapes and molestation of women in Kashmir, the Kashmir High Court Bar Association has also expressed condolences to the family of the victim

“The people of Jammu and Kashmir feel pain of the Delhi gang rape victim who has lost her life to sexual violence and accordingly the Bar Association condoles her death and the people of Jammu and Kashmir expect the security forces involved in sexual violence of the women in Jammu and Kashmir are in same way arrested, prosecuted and punished under law as the offenders in Delhi gang rape case have been arrested with promptness”, said the Bar General Secretary in a statement issued here.

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