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The rape of a toddler hailing from north Kashmir’s Bandipora district triggered widespread protests in the length and breadth of Valley. A complete shutdown was observed on Monday to demand the conduct of fast track investigation in the case so that the culprit is brought to book and punished sternly.
Amid a complete shutdown, a number of rallies and protest marches by different organizations were carried out on Monday demanding the stern action against the involved.
Governor Satya Pal Malik has expressing shock and pain over the extremely heinous incident spoke to S.P. Pani, IGP Kashmir and took detailed review of the ongoing investigations into the case. He directed the IGP to work swiftly in the case and ensure that the culprit gets exemplary punishment for this shameful act.
Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and incarcerated Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement condemning the incident termed it as shocking, unfortunate, gruesome and inhuman act. JRL termed the incident as a stain on the social, spiritual fabric and rich culture of Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today appealed people to maintain peace, brotherhood and Law & Order. He has assured that the Enquiry of Sumbal incident is being conducted on fast track basis and personally monitored by Divisional Commissioner himself to be concluded very soon.
Mushtaq ul haq Sikander, Convernor, Samt-A direction towards betterment of society, condemning the incident stated that the rape of a three year old kid is manifestation of our institutional failure at collective level. Institutions have failed to inculcate the values of gender sensitivity and justice among youth, so they have imbibed the toxicity of violent masculinity that is resulting in daily rapes.
Advocate Mahreen Zaffar, President Samt, demanding exemplary punishment for the culprit with time bound judicial probe advocated the establishment of women relief centres and initiating gender sensitivity workshops and programs as a part of school curriculum. Samt decried the fact that certain sections of society are trying to give a sectarian colour to the rape and espoused that rape victim should not be witnessed with yellow glasses.
Earlier, Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema, an amalgam of all the religious bodies including Shia, Suni, Barelvis, Ahlihadith and others, in unison termed the rape of three-year-old minor as very unfortunate and shocking stated that the act has once again shown that in which direction Kashmir, that was once a religious society, is heading. The MMU said that the incident has not only left the conscience of every Kashmiri badly shaken but brought every head down in shame. The MMU said that incident calls for a major introspection.