Mirwaiz For Reopening of 2006 Sex Racket Probe

SRINAGAR: Seeking stern punishment or ex-minister Shabir Khan, accused of sexual assault on a medico, Hurriyat Conference (M) leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq adopted a resolution during Friday prayers at Jamia Mosque seeking reopening of probe into 2006 sex racket. 

Mirwaiz accused the government of ‘shielding’ culprits involved in ‘the heinous crimes’. 

Mirwaiz stated that the recent incident wherein a doctor was molested by a minster was an eye opener that the women in Kashmir were not safe. 

He said the incident must be condemned while cutting across the party lines. “The honor of our daughters, mothers and sisters is at stake and those who claim to be peoples’ representatives’ outrage Kashmir’s modesty.”

Blaming the ruling class for promoting moral waywardness in government institutions, and trying to destroy the social and moral fabric of Kashmiri society, Mirwaiz said that it was surprising that instead of being punished the minister has been set free.

He also demanded impartial probe into the infamous sex scandal of 2006 and punishment for all the accused. 

Mirwaiz said that while Kashmiris have borne ‘relentless suffering and oppression’ in the last two decades but “any assault against the chastity and honour of their women will not be tolerated”. He demanded immediate punishment for the accused minister.

Stating that people who should have been behind bars were currently sitting in legislature, 

Mirwaiz said that all probe commissions setup by the government in such incidents have lost their credibility. 

Hence, he said, right from the infamous sex scandal of to the Shabir khan episode; an impartial probe should be initiated to expose and  punish the guilty

Raising questions over the bail granted to accused ex-minister, Mirwaiz said. “Not only the governments but courts are also protecting the devilish crimes now.” 

Passing the resolution that demanded justice to the molestation victim and punishment to Khan, Mirwaiz said clerics across valley have been called for devising a unanimous strategy to bring accused in peoples’ court.

“We reject the earlier inquiry commissions for 2006 sex racket; we demand an independent inquiry into the matter so that the accused could be unmasked before people,” he added.

An APHC spokesman said that resolution was presented  by its leaders across  mosques in the valley. 

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