City erupts with protests seeking justice for victim

Outraged at the alleged rape of a 3-year old Bandipora girl, scores of people staged protests here on Monday. The protesters were demanding speedy justice to the victim.

Scores of people from trade and religious groups assembled at various places in city centreLalChowk demanding exemplary punishment to the accused.

“This is the issue of humanity and not of a group or sect. We all should hang our heads in shame that such incidents are happening repeatedly in Kashmir. Unless strict action is taken against the culprit, such incidents will keep repeating,” said President J&K IttehadulMuslimeen, Masroor Abbas Ansari.

The members of Kashmir Traders’ and Manufacturers’ Federation (KTMF-B) and the Jammu Kashmir Association of Hajj &Umrah Companies (JKAHUC) during protests here said that the “casual approach” of administration to provide speedy justice “is encouraging such incidents”.

“We have example of Kathua rape. The case is still lingering. If it will take years to deliver justice in these cases, it will encourage the culprits,” said Mohammad SadiqBaqal, President KTMF.   

Apart from trade and religious groups, people from civil society and students also assembled at LalChowk demanding justice for the victim girl.

The protestors marched along LalChowk’s Residency Road with placards and banners in their hands.

“We demand strict laws should be made so that such crimes against humanity are not repeated,” said Mohammad SulaimanBhat, Senior Vice-Chairman, J&K Civil Society.

Meanwhile scores of members of Jammu & Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM) held a protest march along Residency Road.

“We all should come together in this painful time. We demand speedy investigation into this heinous crime,” said FerozPeerzada, a JKPM member.