Hurriyat delegation visits family of murdered Kathua girl

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SRINAGAR: A five member delegation of the Hurriyat Conference on Monday visited the residence of Muhammad Yousaf in tehsil Hiranagar of Kathua district whose eight-year-old daughter was murdered after being kidnapped and raped recently.
A statement issued here said the delegation led by Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement chairman Mir Shahid Saleem comprised senior Hurriyat leader and chairperson Muslim Khawateen Markaz Yasmeen Raja, Haji Muhammad Azam, Syed Ghulam Nabi Shah and Vinay Kumar.
The delegation quoted the victim’s parents as saying that “immediately after their daughter went missing on January 10, they informed the local police who showed utter carelessness and insensitivity in launching a search operation for several days. Had the police acted promptly in time, the life of the young girl could have been saved”.
Speaking on the occasion, Hurriyat leaders said, “The whole Kashmiri nation is with the bereaved family.” They condemned the police and administration for their “discriminatory” attitude towards minority community in Jammu. “Ever since the takeover of the RSS-backed government in Jammu and Kashmir, the Muslim community is becoming easy target of the communal elements in Jammu,” the Hurriyat delegation said on the occasion. “The communal approach being adopted by the state machinery is very dangerous trend and could lead the society to the brink of disaster.”
Hurriyat demanded a time-bound probe into the incident and a stern and exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of the heinous crime.