Shopian Gangrape Victim Reaches Srinagar, Looking for Justice

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Srinagar: A family from South Kashmir’s Shopian district Wednesday staged a protest here in Srinagar alleging that culprits responsible for the ‘abduction and rape’ of their 16 year old daughter were roaming free while police have been turning deaf ear to their pleas.

Muhammad Hussain Keela of Check Saidpora Shopian along with his son Reyaz Ahmed and daughter (name withheld) emerged here in Press Enclave Srinagar and narrated their tale of woe to the reporters.

“A month ago, over 15 persons barged into our house at 9:30 pm and abducted my daughter who is only 16 years old. She was kept at an unknown place during that period three beasts raped her. My daughter recorded her statement before court and identified the culprits. The doctors who conducted medical check-up confirmed rape but after few day’s police informed us that medical report is negative. We fail to understand why police changed its version and why it has failed to nab the molesters,” he said.

The victim girl according to CNS, while identifying some of the culprits as Shabir Keela, Khurshid Sheikh, Showkat Sheikh, Altaf Keela, Latif Keela all hailing from the same village said that she can easily identify other culprits if they are paraded before her. “Three culprits repeatedly abused me in an inebriated state. They kept me in a shed wherefrom I was recovered by police. Police have so far arrested only three culprits while no action has been initiated against them,” she said and sought intervention of Director General and Inspector General Police.

  Reyaz Ahmed, the brother of the victim girl said that her sister was abducted and abused because there is a dispute over a piece of land between them and their neighbours. “They are goons and work as a gang. Earlier also this gang abducted and abused a girl and now they targeted my sister. Instead of supporting us, police have been harassing us,” he said and added that they have shifted her sister to a rented room somewhere in Srinagar.

Station House Officer, Harporo Shopian Muhammad Iqbal said that the victim has recorded her statement in court and their counsel can plead her case in the court of law. “We have arrested some of the accused and investigation has been going on,” he said.

 

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