Acid attack: Condemnations continue to pour in



Srinagar, Jan 4: Various organizations have expressed shock and anguish over the acid attack on girl at Parraypora in uptown here earlier this week.       
 In a statement here a spokesman of Kashmir Centre for Social and Developmental Studies, a civil society group said: “KCSDS held an emergency meeting to express their shock and anguish over the horrific incident of  acid –throwing  on  a woman teacher. The core group   comprising of both women and men along with the chairperson Prof Hameeda Nayeem, had already visited the victim on Thursday in SMHS Hospital and was horrified to see the disfigured face and severely damaged left eye of the victim.”
 The group empathized with the victim and her family and resolved to carry out a rigorous campaign against all forms of violence against women and the institutionalized culture of impunity prevalent   particularly in Jammu and Kashmir for the past two decades.
 The Centre also reiterated its demand for speedy trial of Tabinda Gani and Romana murder cases so that culprits could be given severest punishment.
 It also impressed upon the  people of the state to establish  committees  in every locality  to monitor  the  shameful and  immoral acts  as also pervasive domestic  violence  and prevent these before  they violate the dignity  and threaten the safety and security of women.
 Jama’at-e-Islami J&K, described acid attack on the woman teacher as outrageous act.
 In a statement, a Jama’at spokesman said: “The local judiciary should inflict retributive punishments upon such offenders and give no concession to them.”
  “Outraging the modesty and integrity of womenfolk is more heinous crime than even killing a person. Islam proposes and decrees a harsh punishment for such crimes. The countries where the Islamic penal laws are in vogue, the rate of crime is negligible as compared to other countries including USA and the European countries.
 The Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq , while denouncing the attack  termed the act as against the teaching of Islam and basic fundamentals of humanity. 
 “Due to increasing immorality and materialistic approach, humans have become beasts who are ready to commit criminal acts whenever they find an opportunity,” Mirwaiz in a statement today, adding that the increasing immorality could be curbed by inducting religious teachings in the course books apart from taking other slew of remedial measures to address this issue of grave concern.
 Condemning the attack, the Peoples’ Democratic Party Leader Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat expressed solidarity with the victim and his family, terming it (attack) an inhuman act. He called for strong legal measures ensuring safety of women and children in the state.
 Meanwhile, Dr Muzaffar has hailed the PDP national spokesman Dr Sameer Koul's efforts for providing medical help to the victim and bearing all the expenses incurred on the treatment
 Jammu Kashmir Peoples Conference strongly condemned the attack, expressing demanding a strict action against the accused.
  The chairman Jammu Kashmir Muslim League Mukhtar Ahmad Waza while condemning the attack, termed it an anti-Islamic act. He said, “It is better to hang such criminals.”
 Waza expressed concern over the growing social evils and moral degradation in the society and urged upon the people particularly parents to help in checking the menace.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 4 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 4 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 5 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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