The Shia-Suni Coordination Committee (SSCC) Tuesday appealed the people of Kashmir to call off the protests and to give a chance to the administration and police to conduct a thorough probe into the rape of a three-year-old girl in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
The SSCC also said that gruesome act was a blot on the entire Kashmiri society irrespective of any particular community or a sect and that the administration must conduct the enquiry on fast-track basis so that culprit is brought to book without any delay.
The meeting of SSCC was convened by its head Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to deliberate on the barbaric incident that has left the conscience of every Kashmiri shaken. Due to ill health, Mirwaiz couldn’t attend the meet.
Other participants, who attended the meeting, put forth their suggestions as to how the sectarian brotherhood can be kept intact so that efforts aimed to trigger a sectarian frenzy are countered with full might. “We discussed the rape of a three-year-old child and all the members termed it as a blot on the Kashmiri society as whole and not just for a particular community or a group. We passed a five-point resolution after the thorough consultations over the issue,” Itehadul Muslimeen chief, Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari told Greater Kashmir.
According to the resolution, the SSCC appealed the people of Kashmir to remain patient and maintain calm. “We appeal the people to call off the protests and to create a peaceful atmosphere so that investigations are taken to its logical end,” the SSCC resolution read. It, however, said that any sort of “callousness or lackadaisical” approach if adopted by the administration or the police, would lead to stiff resistance from people.
The resolution urged the state administration to conduct the probe on fast track basis and to ensure that the perpetrator gets “exemplary punishment.”
The resolution stated that the rape of three-year-old was a blot on the entire humanity and society of Kashmir collectively and not just for any particular group or a community as the “impression is being created by some elements.”
The SSCC members expressed sympathy and solidarity with the victim’s family and prayed for her speedy recovery.
The prominent members who attended the meeting included, Karwan-e-Islami patron Moulana Ghulam Rasool Hami, Kashmir’s Grand Mufti, Nasirul-Islam, Anjuman-e-Himayat-ul-Islam vice chairman Moulana Khursheed Ahmed Qanoongo, Moulana Ghulam Rasool Noori of Ahlibait Foundation, representative of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Ghulam Nabi, Perawan-e-Vilayat head Moulana Sibti Muhammad Shabir Kumi, Mujama Islami Kashmir Ghulam Muhammad Gulzar, representative of Anjuman-e-Share Shian Aga Syed Yousuf Rizvi, Awami Action Committee youth leader Mushtaq Sufi and many others.