Mehbooba Asks Governor To Act Against Muslim Girl’s Rapists  

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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