Woman’s Abduction Sparks Protest In Kulgam, 2 Held

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Srinagar: Scores of people held a protest in Poniwah village of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Tuesday against the alleged abduction and sexual assault on a young woman by two youth.

According to witnesses, scores of people in Poniwah village hit the streets and staged a demonstration demanding punishment for the youth who abducted and sexually assaulted a young girl in Akhal village of the district last week. The protesters blocked Kulgam-Yaripora road for some time to seek action against the guilty.

The protesters said the victim was abducted and allegedly sexually assaulted by two youth in an orchard during a wedding ceremony in Akhal village of the district on October 31.

“The girl was found in a semi-unconscious state and was shifted to hospital where she was referred to Srinagar hospital for treatment,” the protesters said. They identified the accused as Adil Dar and Wasim Dar. The accused had arrived in the village as guests.

The protesters said that the girl was battling for life and demanded stern punishment for the accused.

Police assured them of action and informed them that the accused have already been taken into custody.

Meanwhile, a police spokesperson on Tuesday warned action against rumour mongers for spreading fake news about the girl’s death at SKIMS here. The police spokesperson also said that the accused kidnappers have been arrested.

“Action has been taken against kidnappers who tried to assault her sexually and outrage her modesty. They both were arrested and put behind bars within three hours after the complaint was received by District Police Kulgam,” the police spokesperson said.

He said that a case FIR No.116/2020 U/S 341, 366, 376/511, 354, 323 IPC stands registered and charge sheet of the case will be produced before honourable court within stipulated time.

“Unfortunately, on social media platforms some miscreants are spreading sensitive updates regarding the matter that could emerge as a great threat to peace and order,” the police spokesperson said.

He warned “mischievous” people of strict action for instigating the public by spreading baseless rumours and fake news having potential to disturb peace.

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