Raped Muslim Girl’s Father Seeks Justice

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SRINAGAR — The family of a 13-year old Muslim girl of Ram­ban in Jammu has sought jus­tice by arresting the “culprits” behind the gang rape.

“ I want justice for my daugh­ter, otherwise I may be killed along with her,” said Duman Shah, father of the 13-year-old nomad girl, who has been raped by a group of locals in Ramsoo area of Ramban.

On 4 January, the minor girl from Varnal Sarbagni village of Ramsoo was admitted to a hos­pital in Jammu after she had felt sick. The doctor at the hospital had informed the family that the girl was pregnant for three months. She remains lodged at the police station in Ramsoo, while those who raped her re­main absconding. Abdul Gani Chowdhry, the girl’s relative, said that three months ago she was tending to the cattle and was confronted by five persons who later raped her.

“She had fallen unconscious,” said Gani. “After she was con­scious again, the rapist warned her of dire consequences if she complained to the police,” he added. Police have arrested one of the accused, Sanju Singh son of Gaja Singh of Vernal village in Ramsoo, while as other’s remain absconding. On Thursday Peo­ples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti 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.

Earlier 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.

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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