Amnesty International demands release of Handwara girl

Amnesty International demands release of Handwara girl

“A teenage girl who has been allegedly sexually assaulted needs to receive sensitive and respectful treatment from the authorities, and not be herself detained in police custody.”

Amnesty International, has taken a serious note of Jammu and Kashmir Police detaining a  Handwara teenage girl  and her family members and has demanded their immediate release.

 

 In a statement the AI campaigner Zahoor Wani said, “Authorities must immediately release the teenage girl, her father and aunt who were taken in ‘protective custody’ by the police in Handwara, Kupwara district. Pending their release, they must be granted prompt access to their family and lawyers. The girl has been detained since April 12, and her family members since 13 April.”

 

“A teenage girl who has been allegedly sexually assaulted needs to receive sensitive and respectful treatment from the authorities, and not be herself detained in police custody.” 

 

 “If the family needs protection, they should receive it at a location of their choosing,” he added. 

 

Five people have been killed since 12 April when protests broke out in Handwara over allegations that the girl was sexually assaulted by a soldier from the Army. A widely circulated video purportedly shows the girl later denying the assault. The girl’s family has claimed that the statement was made under duress.