SRINAGAR Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti Thursday urged Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik to ensure that the culprits in the rape of a 13-year-old Muslim girl in Ramban district of the state are punished.
"What can be more blood curdling & disturbing than a case where a 13-year-old minor girl was gangraped in Ramsoo and is now 3 months into her pregnancy. But instead of public outrage, questions will swirl about the caste and religion of this innocent child and her rapists," Mehbooba said in a tweet.
In an apparent reference to Kathua rape and murder case, the PDP president said the present atmosphere in the country had emboldened culprits to carry out such acts which are then justified on the basis of religion.
"Before we know it will assume communal understones & leaders who enjoy political patronage will be out on a limb to defend the rapists. Current atmosphere in our country has sadly emboldended such acts which are justified on basis of religion & to teach the minority a lesson," she said. "Is this what we have come to as a nation? Urge the @jandkgovernor to ensure culprits are punished," she added.
On Wednesday massive protests erupted at Ramsoo on Srinagar-Jammu highway against the rape of Muslim girl. Leaders of religious organizations, social activists and members of several NGOs held separate protests in the district office complex against the rape of the girl. The girl who is three months into her pregnancy is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Jammu, said a protester. He said the matter came to light after the girl became sick a few days ago. "She was shifted to a hospital where doctors told the parents about her pregnancy."
Members from Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Alliance (JKPA) also held a protest demonstration against Ramsoo rape here at Press Colony. Scores of youth including females from JKPA raised slogans against RSS and BJP alleging that backing by such parties has encouraged people to make the minors a prey.
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