Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Kashmir child rape fuels call for Shariah law

Kashmir child rape fuels call for Shariah law

At least 70 people were injured after the violent protests erupted over the rape of a three-year-old girl in Kashmir.

A deep sense of shock and disgust is prevalent in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir over the rape of a three-year-old girl by her child-molester neighbour, reported India Today.

A shutdown was also called by the Itihadul Muslimeen, a religious organisation, against the incident and clashes took place between protesters and security forces.

The protesters were demanding death for the accused who has already been arrested.

As the protests intensified, police used tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse the protestors, leaving several injured.

A Special Investigation Team has been formed to probe the incident police while the accused has been arrested. Local officials said public transport was also affected by the strike. He also ensured that the administration is looking into the matter seriously and the culprit will be brought to justice as soon as possible.

Reports said that the residents of over a dozen villages of Bandipore's Sumbal area on Sunday took to the streets to demand exemplary punishment to the accused.

A controversy, however, started after the accused produced a certificate from a private school that says he is a minor. Mehbooba Mufti has said that the guilty of such a heinous crime should be stoned to death by invoking the Muslim Sharia laws.

Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Monday condemned the gut-wrenching rape of a minor girl in Harran area of Ganderbal, saying that spur in the incidents of molestation and rape against the minors is a matter of serious concern. "Seven miscreants too got injured but all are stable", he said. "Justice will be done and the culprit will be given severe punishment", he said.

Separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq urged people to maintain unity "in view of mischievous forces waiting to create a sectarian divide out of this most reprehensible crime against a child".

Dozens of people were injured, majority police, when officers fired tear gas and used batons to disperse stone-throwing demonstrators who had blocked part of a highway, police said in a statement. Clashes erupted in Ganziwara area of Anantnag district when a group of youth pelted 40 Battalion CRPF Camp with stones.

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