Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Thursday directed the Superintendent of Police Bandipora to file a status report on the case of rape and murder of a girl in Preng area of Bandipora allegedly by Ikhwani Rashid Pahloo and his aide Bashir Ahmad Rather in 1993, the Jammu & Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) said in a statement.
“The 22-year-old victim was abducted and raped for months by Rashid Pahloo and Bashir Ahmad Rather in 1993. Because of the rape, the victim had become pregnant and developed medical complications leading to her death in the same year. Mysteriously, the FIR number 139/1995 was filed two years after the incident in police station Sumbal under section 376 and 302 RPC for torture, rape and murder,” the statement said.
The JKCCS said that no investigations were carried out in the case, neither were statements of witnesses recorded. “The brother of the victim, who was a minor then, finally filed a petition in the High Court in 2015 demanding the constitution of a special investigation team for credible investigations in the case. In 1999, Rashid Pahloo killed the victim’s brother, Bilal Ahmad, in an apparent attempt to clear away witnesses from his crime,” the JKCCS said in its statement.
It said that the girl’s family was unable to pursue the case after the killing of her brother Bilal Ahmad, fearing reprisal from the Ikhwanis “who have been always supported and sponsored by the Armed Forces in the area”. The accused Rashid Pahloo is also actively engaged with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the JKCCS statement said.
The JKCCS has demanded immediate arrest of the accused Ikhwanis and a credible investigation leading to the prosecution of the accused.