Amid protests, over the rape of a three-year-old girl in Kashmir’s Bandipora, that left 40 security personnel and at least a dozen civilians injured on Monday, the family of the girl is distraught.
The girl’s mother told The Indian Express, “I found her lying on the bathroom floor. Her clothes had been peeled off her, but not torn. She has been sleeping most of the time but I can feel how much pain she is in. She doesn’t even understand what has happened.”
The girl is the youngest of three siblings.
Amid rising hostility in the area, a neighbour of the girl told The Indian Express that the family of the arrested accused had been asked to leave the village in Sumbal in Bandipora.
On Monday, protesters raised slogans in support of their demand for exemplary punishment to the accused who is in police custody, the officials said.
They said the shops and business establishments remained closed in the entire town as local residents assembled under the banner of Imam Khomeni Memorial Trust and took out a massive rally.
Students joined the rally which went round various parts in the town and concluded peacefully at Kalon Rahim Khan Chowk.
The vice chairman of the trust, Sheikh Bair Shakir, urged the government to deal with such heinous cases on a fast track basis and ensure exemplary punishment to the culprits in a time-bound manner.
Congress rebel leader and former MLA Asgar Ali Karbali expressed solidarity with the family of the victim and said the people of Kargil would not remain mute spectator to such gruesome incidents.
“We want our society a better place for every one especially the girls and the women. The government should ensure investigation of rape cases on fast track basis and...