Handwara girl tells court what she said in police video

Handwara girl tells court what she said in police video

Srinagar: The 16-year-old Handwara girl told chief judicial magistrate of Handwara that two boys had assaulted her when she came out of a public toilet in the town on Tuesday, a police spokesman said in a statement.
The girl said that one of the boys was wearing a school uniform. She had entered the toilet after school hours on way to her home.
Her father was accompanying her to the court, the police statement said.
Police have filed an FIR under sections 354 ((assault or criminal force to women with intent to outrage her modesty), 341 (wrongful restraint), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of Ranbir Penal Code against the boys. These offences carry sentences from one to five years.
The girl was presented before the court following high court directions asking the police to record her statement before a magistrate. The court had also asked the police to declare under which law they had detained the girl, her father and her aunt.
The court directions came after the girl’s mother, Taja Begum, filed a petition submitting that the police had dragged the girl to the police station, filmed her statement under duress and then released the video which was used by army and police to justify killings that occurred after the incident.
In the video, she had denied that a soldier had molested her and made a statement similar to what she submitted before the CJM.
Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, which had recorded Taja Begum’s statement at its office after police did not allow her to address the media, has said that it will file a response after receiving a copy of the girl’s statement.

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