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Alleged Rape of Three-Year-Old Girl in Held Kashmir: Foreign Office Says It is a Brutal Reminder of Humanitarian Nightmare

The Foreign Office on Monday condemned the alleged rape of a three-year-old in Indian-occupied Kashmir on May 8, which led to widespread protests across the Valley, reported Dawn.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal in a tweet on Monday said the incident was another brutal reminder of the humanitarian nightmare in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

“Fresh reports of pellet gun firing on protesters, yet another reflection of continued Indian atrocities,” he added.

According to the Indian Express, the girl was allegedly raped on Wednesday before iftar in the Sumbal area of Bandipora district, following which widespread protests broke out across the Valley on Sunday.

As per the complaint filed by the girl’s family, the accused lured the child with candy before abducting and then raping her. “We found her in a nearby area and informed the local police,” a family member was quoted as saying.

Soon after the incident was reported, police officers said that the girl was referred to a Srinagar-based hospital while the accused, who hails from a village in the area, was arrested.

“A case was registered, and the accused was produced before the court which sent him on police remand,” SSP Bandipora Rahul Malik told the Indian Express.

“The heinous crime of rape of a minor in Bandipora is under investigation. We assure that [the] perpetrator of the crime will be brought to justice. We appeal to the public to stay calm and not heed to any rumours,” Bandipora Deputy Commissioner Shahbaz Mirza was quoted as saying, after protests were recorded in as many as 12 locations on Sunday.

Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani termed such incidents “a black stain on our social fabric and rich culture”.

The incident was also condemned by former IoK chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, demanding exemplary punishment to the responsible.

Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti also expressed her shock at the incident in a tweet, saying what kind of a sick pervert would do this.

 

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