“She was kidnapped, raped in orchards by two youth”: Locals in Kulgam area stage protest

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Srinagar: Locals in south Kashmir village of district Kulgam staged a massive protest demanding stringent punishment for those responsible for the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of a girl.

Local news gathering agency Kashmir News Trust (KNT) quoting eyewitnesses reported that a police party led by station house officer Davindar Singh rushed to the spot to pacify protesters at Poniwah village who had blocked Kulgam-Yaripora against the alleged sexual abuse incident that occurred at village Akhal of the same district on 31 October last month.

“The victim, a resident of Poniwah village had gone to Akhal hamlet to attend a wedding ceremony that took place in the house of one Sabzar Parray. Two youth from Ashmuji village kidnapped and raped her in a dense orchard. The girl was found in a semi-unconscious state and was shifted to hospital wherefrom she was referred to Srinagar hospital for treatment,” one of the protesters told KNT.

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 is battling for life and demanded stern punishment for the accused. The police assured them of action and informed them that the accused have already been taken into custody, KNT added.

A police officer while divulging information about the incident told KNT that police station Devsar received a written complaint for assistance from the complainant that his sister (name withheld) had been kidnapped by two persons namely Aadil Ahmad Dar and Waseem Rehman Dar both residents of Ashmuji Kulgam from Akhal and took her to nearby dense orchards and tried to rape her and also outraged her modesty.

“In the meantime, the victim girl was brought by her cousin to police station Devsar in an unconscious and injured condition. The girl was instantly taken to hospital for treatment and medical examination.”

“Taking cognizance of the incident a team headed by SHO Devsar under the supervision of DSP Headquarter’s Kulgam was constituted to nab the accused. Utilizing all available means, with strenuous efforts specific information was generated by the investigating team which led to arrest of accused within three hours after complaint was received.”

“Regarding the incident, case vide FIR number 116/2020 U/S 341, 366, 376/511, 354, 323 stands registered in Police Station Devsar and further investigation is in progress.” (KNT)

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