Archive for the ‘minor’ Category

On June 19, 2008, in Handwar, a local newspaper Etaalat reported about a Gujjar girl who was molested by three army men.

Police on Thursday registered a case against three soldiers who molested a Gujjar girl in Nowgam village of Handwara on Wednesday.
A senior police officer told this newspaper that an FIR (No. 92 u/s 354 RPC) was registered against the three soldiers of 161 bn Territorial Army who work with 30-Rashtriya Rifles.
The accused molested Shahzada (name changed) when she was grazing her cattle in the village. The trio, apparently in drunken condition, had been hiding in bushes. They tried to rape her but her resistance and cries caught the attention of her family members who rushed to the spot.
The family said some soldiers of 8 Raj Rifles who were on duty nearby also came to the spot. “Thus her chastity was saved,” they said
“Had we didn’t reached at the spot, the beasts would have outraged the chastity of our daughter,” the family told this newspaper.
Meanwhile, the incident has evoked massive condemnation from the local residents.  The nomadic Gujjars have threatened to vacate their dhokas and return to their villages. “Now our daughters are not safe here because of terror unleashed by soldiers and the government gunmen. I have decided to vacate this place and take the women folk back,” an aged Gujjar said.
When contacted, Army’s Srinagar-based spokesman Lt Col Mathur said that one of the accused troopers “is the relative of the girl.” He, however, denied the charges of molestation. “


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In Hundwara, on Satuday, December 1, 2007. Greater Kashmir reported about Tabinda Gani, a 14-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Hundwara. ” Parents of 14-year-old Tabinda Gani, who was raped and murdered, while rejecting the ex-gratia offer by the government have demanded stern punishment to her killers.
Out rightly rejecting the ex-gratia offer to the family by the government, brother of Tabinda, Masood Ahmad said, “It is like rubbing salt on our wounds. Ex-gratia relief cannot compensate life and divinity of my beloved sister. We appeal to court and authorities to deliver justice immediately.”
He says justice delayed is justice denied.
The entire Handwara Tehsil is up in arms demanding punishment to the perpetrators.
This could be gauged from a banner, which hangs on a signboard that reads: “Hang the criminals involved in rape and murder of Tabinda (Shaheed)”.
The banner on Langate link road, which leads to Batpora, the native village of Tabinda, exemplifies the rage among the residents against those who raped and murdered young Tabinda.
The link road is still in a dilapidated condition and no transport facility is available for the villagers.
The place from where the teenaged girl was intercepted and dragged wears a deserted look due to thick apple trees and bushes though most of trees have shed the leaves.
Womenfolk particularly female students have changed their way and take other routes to reach Langate and Handwara.
“Authorities had assured us that they would repair the road and provide transport facility to the village and install a police post near the shrine of Syed Kirmani Sahib (RA) but all in vain as the place continues to shelter goons, drunkards and criminals. Several female students have stopped going to school,” said Nazir Ahmad, a resident.
The throat slit body of 14-year-old Tabinda Gani daughter of Abdul Gani of Batpora Langate was recovered from an orchard in Langate on July 20 2007.
The victim was raped before her murder.
The incident evoked massive protests in north Kashmir. The police initially rounded up 16 suspects out of which four (a band of criminals) including two non-local laborers who confessed to the crime were sent to Varmul Central jail.
The case has been transferred to District and Sessions court Kupwara following refusal of Bar Association Handwara to plead on behalf of the accused persons.
The four accused Mohd Sadiq Mir alias Saeda Choor, Azhar Ahmad Mir alias Billa, both residents of Langate, Mocha Jahangir Ansari of West Bengal and Suresh Kumar of Rajasthan in the rape and murder of a teenaged schoolgirl in Langate Handwara were produced before the court on November 25 amid tight security.
Senior advocate Maqbool Mir and advocate Bilal Ahmad Malik appeared on the behalf of the accused and argued for attorney file and copies of the challan.
Prosecuting officer Sheikh Abdul Hamid is pleading the case on behalf of the government.  Due to lack of attorney file and copies of challan hearing could not continue and subsequently next hearing was fixed on December 12 2007. Police has already cited 80 witnesses in the case.
District president Bar Association Kupwara Ghulam Nabi Mir said as no advocate was ready to plead for accused at Handwara and there were apprehensions that the case will get transferred outside state a request was made to senior advocate Maqbool Mir to plead on the behalf of the accused.
Mir told Greater Kashmir that he appeared on behalf of the accused after repeated requests from the complainants and with consultations of Bar Association Kupwara on grounds that the case will be transferred outside state if the accused are not defended here.”

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Minor girl raped in Kerala

On Wednesday, November 28, 2007. The Hindu newspaper reported that a five and a half year old girl was raped by a 22 year old youth. The incidence took take on January 2002 in Thiruvananthapuram, “The prosecution case was that Saji of Kadinamkulam lured the Class I student who was returning home for lunch from school by promising to buy her sweets. He later tried to rape the minor by leading her to a secluded spot.”

This is a clear caution to all the parents to train their children not to have any conversation with any strangers. The sentence in the case will be declared by the court on Thursday. We will follow this story and update you with the latest news.

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Minor girl raped in Hindupur orchard

On Monday, November 26, 2007, the Hindu newspaper reported that a minor girl was raped in Hindupur:

“The alleged rape of a minor girl belonging to a particular community by a youth of another community at P. Sadlapalli village in Lepakshi mandal in the district on Saturday led to tension here on Sunday. A mob from the victim’s community went on the rampage to protest against the incident.

The victim’s parents alleged that the girl along with a few other children went to an orchard for collecting firewood, when the owner’s son allegedly caught the victim, dragged her to a secluded corner of the orchard and committed the crime. On being questioned, the girl explained the ordeal suffered by her. Immediately, the victim’s family lodged a complaint with the Lepakshi police and the girl was admitted to the Government hospital here for treatment as well as medical examination. The girl’s family members and a large number of youth of the community took out a procession, enforced a bandh in the town and staged a rasta roko at the Sadbhavana Circle.”

This is the only newspaper that we could find that has reported about the incident. From this initial report, it does not state if the culprit has apprehended. We hope that there the culprit will be quickly brought to justice to the fullest extent of the law. We will follow this story and post any future updates.

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