Protests continue in Sumbal after rape of 3-year-old girl

Protests continue in Sumbal after rape of 3-year-old girl

Sumbal (Bandipora): Another day of public protests was seen in Sumbal, Bandipora, on Sunday against the rape of a three-year-old girl in Malikpora area. On Saturday, traffic on the Sumbal-Srinagar road had remained suspended for hours after protestors blocked the road. The protests flared up after the rape accused produced a school certificate showing his age as a minor, Bandipora Senior Superintendent of Police Rahul Malik told reporters. He said that the person who had forged that school certificate had been detained.
The SSP further informed that a special investigation team has been constituted, which comprises SDPO, SHO and another officer from Sumbal police station, to investigate the case.
On Sunday, protestors demanded that the inquiry be completed on fast-track basis and alleged that the accused was being “shielded” as a minor by some vested interests.
On Wednesday, according to witnesses, a girl from Malkipora locality was abducted by a youth who is a school dropout and lives in the neighbourhood. The youth had offered her to buy sweets from a shop. The abduction happened, according to witnesses, when the girl along with her mother was going to her uncle’s house just a few hundred meters away.
According to witnesses, at the time when people were breaking their Ramadan fast in the evening, they heard cries of a girl from a nearby school. When people went there, they saw the youth raping the minor girl in the school washroom. According to the witnesses, the girl was bleeding and withering in pain.
The girl was soon shifted to the Sumbal hospital and from there she was referred to JVC Srinagar, where her condition is said to be stable.
The locals immediately called the police and the accused youth was arrested. The girl’s family, guided by local elders, was advised to vacate their house and move somewhere else till the investigation was completed.
Locals in Sumbal said that sit-in protests were held on Saturday night as well to demand justice for the 3-year-old girl.
Appealing to locals to show restraint and to not heed rumours, the Bandipora SSP said that the age of the accused will be determined on the basis of scientific medical tests, which will be conducted by a senior team of doctors.
On social media, people condemned the heinous crime while demanding swift trial and punishment for the accused. Just last month, a girl took her life in Bndipora after being continuously raped by her father. Her younger sister later came out in public and exposed her father’s crimes.
Expressing shame for what had transpired in his hometown, an engineering student who is now working in New Delhi wrote on Facebook, “Bandipora was famous for three things: Ilm, Aadab and Aab. Today it is making its mark in rape and drugs.”
Meanwhile, to contain protestors from turning violent, the administration is keeping tight vigil on the law and order situation. On Sunday, the authorities suspended mobile internet services in the district.