Bandipora minor's alleged rape | Police file charge sheet, court to hear case from June 1

Jammu and Kashmir Police Saturday filed charge sheet in the alleged rape case of a minor Bandipora girl. An official said the charge sheet was filed in the special court of Principal District and Sessions Judge Bandipora in a record time of 17 days from the commission of the alleged offence.

The accused has been booked under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) sections 3 and 5 and 376 AB, 363 and 342 RPC.

“The 87-page charge sheet has been filed with all the evidence, medical report of JVC, CHC Sumbal and final FSL report. The investigation into the case has been foolproof with bit by bit evidence collected from the crime scene,” said a senior police officer of the district.

Meanwhile, the court has set 1 June 2019 as first day of hearing in the case.

An official said that police have used “best brains” to make the investigation foolproof. “From law to FSL experts everyone has been involved in this case,” he said.

On 8 May this year, a minor girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour in Bandipora district after being lured to a nearby school. The accused was immediately arrested and lodged at police station Sumbal.

Police had constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) comprising SDPO Sumbal, SHO Sumbal and Senior PO to investigate the case.

It may be recalled that soon after the news about the alleged rape spread, widespread protests broke out across Kashmir.

The protesters clashed with the security forces in which one youth was killed in Pattan area of north Kashmir.

On May 22, Jammu and Kashmir State Legal Services Authority released Rs 1 lakh as interim relief to the minor alleged rape victim. The amount was released under J&K Victim Compensation Scheme, 2013.