Mufti assures speedy trials in domestic abuse cases

Safeena Wani
Srinagar: Calling for exemplary punishment in the case of a mother of two being burnt alive by her in-laws in Khanyar, Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed on Thursday assured the House of a speedy trial for those found guilty of burning Mehjabeena on Eid-ul-Azha (September 25). The CM was speaking on a Calling Attention Notice, moved by MLA Khanyar, Ali Mohammad Sagar, in the Legislative Assembly.
“To prevent such incidents in the future, women will have to come forward and report such events to the police so that the perpetrators of such crimes are brought to justice,” he said. “The police will have to take effective steps to instil confidence among people.”
Describing violence against women as a serious concern, the CM assured that a speedy trial would be held in all such cases so that people responsible for such crimes get maximum punishment as per law.
Earlier, speaking on behalf of the CM, Minister for Horticulture, Hajj and Auqaf Abdul Rehman Veeri said that on September 25, 2015, police station Khanyar received reliable information that Mehjabeena, w/o Mohammad Rafiq Sofi r/o Kawa Mohalla Khanyar, Srinagar, had “poured kerosene on her body and set herself ablaze”.
“She was shifted to SMHS Hospital. Accordingly, FIR No. 63/2015 u/s 309 RPC was registered and investigations started. The lady succumbed to her injuries at the hospital,” Veeri said.
“Sections 306 and 498-A of RPC have been invoked in the case,” he said. “Statement of witnesses has been recorded. As per the statement of the witnesses, Mohammad Rafiq Sofi s/o Mohammad Sultan, Mst. Fatima w/o Mohammad Sultan Sofi resident of Kawa Mohalla Khanyar, Mst. Jameela w/o Tariq Ahmad Sofi r/o Jawahar Nagar Srinagar and Mst. Saleema w/o Manzoor Ahmad Sofi r/o Rainawari are involved in the crime.”
The accused have been arrested and after completion of legal formalities, the case will be taken up judicially, the Minister said.