INCIDENT EVOKES WIDESPREAD CONDEMNATION

‘Perpetrators Of This Beastly Act Deserve Harshest Punishment’

UMER MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Jan 2: The bone-chilling incident of acid attack on a female school teacher in uptown Parraypora area of the city on Wednesday evoked widespread condemnation from women activists and various shades of political opinion in the state.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, noted civil society activist and chairperson of Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS), Prof Hameeda Nayeem while  terming  the incident as ‘shocking’ and ‘shameful’  demanded exemplary punishment be given to the accused.
“The perpetrators of this beastly act deserve harshest punishment so that it can act as a deterrent for such incidents,” she said and added that this "heinous crime” takes away the right of a person to live life with dignity.  She also demanded putting to trial the cases of violence against women in fast-track courts.
“We have been demanding that cases like Tabindah Gani rape and murder case, Romana murder case should be tried in fast-track courts,” she said.
Hameeda said today’s incident is a wake-up call for the whole Valley and civil society committees at  Mohalla/village level should be revived to curb  growing immorality as ‘people have lost faith in institutions of the government’.
Demanding framing of stringent laws against perpetrators of violence against women, Hameeda said that atrocities against women in whatever form are highly condemnable.
Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Milat, Syed Aasiya Andrabi termed the acid attack on female teacher as barbaric and a criminal act.
“This is an anti-Islamic act. Even while punishing the accused, Islam prohibits de-shaping and disfiguring of the body or body parts,” Aasiya said.
 “These incidents recur because we have deviated from the teachings of our religion,” she added.
Dukhtaran chief said that co-education is responsible for promoting immorality and waywardness in our society.
“There is also need for maintaining gap between teachers and students,” she added.
Strongly condemning the incident, Hurriyat Conference (G) demanded that the accused involved in the crime should be dealt sternly, “There is no place for such anti-human acts in our society,” spokesman of the amalgam Ayaz Akbar said.
President of opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti said the accused should be given exemplary punishment so that nobody dares to indulge in such shameful acts in the future.
Mehbooba said that ‘corruption’ and ‘misuse of power’ is responsible for spurt in crimes against the women in the country and in Jammu and Kashmir.
“If you have money or influence, you can get away with even after committing any crime due to prevalent corruption in the political system,” she said.
Mehbooba said the recent revelation that more than 250 lawmakers across the country are involved in molestation and rape cases is an indicator of how the politicians who used to be role models have turned into criminals.
“This is just a tip of the iceberg about the misuse of power by them (politicians) as 90 percent cases of rape and molestation go unreported due to social stigma attached with them,” she said.
The PDP chief called for weeding out ‘corruption within police and political system’ for curbing the violence against the womenfolk, besides plugging the loopholes in the legal system.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 2 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 2 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 3 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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