SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Tuesday said that rape and murder of minor girl of Kathua has shaken the collective conscience of the people of Kashmir.
Blaming state administration for its callous and careless approach, Geelani said instead of taking swift action against culprits, the people and Gujar leader protesting against the gruesome incident were arrested which illustrates their “bigoted mindset”.
In a statement, Geelani expressed heartfelt sympathies with the grieved family of the deceased minor and criticised police authorities for their “uncalled and unjustified” action against the people participating in the Rasm-e-Chaharum of the victim.
Geelani said people were peacefully protesting against the brutal killing of minor but they were manhandled, arrested.
He took dig at people “who never miss a chance to make hue and cry about these gruesome incidents but at the same time share their moments with the perpetrators”.
“They should remember that they are the people whose hands are soaked in blood of innocents and are responsible for humiliating and massacre of common people,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat chairman denounced the Delhi-based media for their “biased” role and “criminal silence”, saying they are making hue and cry over petty matters but in this case, they maintained silence and turned a blind eye.
“People in outside states vandalise and ransack properties; however brute force is not used against them. Quite contrary to this, people in J&K are arrested and subjected to humiliation and brute force on mere pretext,” he said.
He expressed deep anguish and sorrow that the case of Kathua girl is pursued at a snail’s pace and demanded stringent action against those involved in her murder and alleged rape.
Referring to the recent statement of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti wherein she said that “women in state are safe”, Hurriyat chairman said it is an “illusion”.
“Instead, women are molested, disrespected and humiliated by the men in uniform,” Geelani alleged. “Police leave no stone unturned while detaining innocents, however those involved in immoral activities are shielded and given free hand.”
Meanwhile, Geelani has expressed deep condolence on the demise of grandmother of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activist Nisar Ahmad Bhat of Natipora.
Sympathising with the grieved family, Geelani said, “We equally share grief and sorrow of the grieved family.”