Justice far away, but hope remains

ATTACK ON GIRLS

IMRAN MUZAFFAR

Srinagar, Jan 8: With deadly attacks on girls increasing in Kashmir particularly around the ever-growing coaching centres, the families of innocent girls murdered in similar circumstances Tuesday said justice was ‘far away’ in bringing the criminals to justice. They however noted they had ‘faith in judiciary’.
 The family of 17-year-old Romana Javed said even after four years, there is no headway in bringing the perpetrators, Shoaib Daryeel of Nowhatta and Ubaid Ahmed Khan of Barzulla, to justice. Romana was crushed to death on May 3, 2009 by the two youth ‘intentionally’ after they run their car over her near Chinar Colony in Barzulla.
 “Although the accused were arrested, justice is yet to be delivered in the case even after four years,” Romana’s father, Hakeem Javed Shabnam, said. “But we have faith in judiciary. We hope that soon the perpetrators would be given punishment they deserve for killing an innocent,” he said.
 The family of Tabinda Gani, a school girl raped and murdered at Langate in frontier district of Kupwara in 2007, said her murderers are yet to be brought to book even after five years of crime.
 “The claims of Government officials to bring her perpetrators to justice have proved hoax,” the family members said. “We were promised that a fast-track trial would be held and a special team would be constituted to investigate the matter. But nothing has been done yet,” they said.
 The family alleged that there were ‘some politicians’ who had become bottlenecks in the case. “They don’t want the criminals to be prosecuted.”
 On 20-10-2009, Nadia Ashraf daughter of Muhammad Ashraf Shah of Ibrahim Colony Parraypora was hit at Airport Road while as Irtika daughter of Abdul Ahad Malik of Khan Mohalla Barzulla was hit in a similar incident on 19-02-2012. According to details with Greater Kashmir more than 40 to 50 such incidents have taken place from 2009 ranging from minor eve-teasing occurrences to hit-and-run accidents on Parraypora-Airport road alone.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 8 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 8 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 9 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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