SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, has in strongest terms condemned the rape of a minor girl in Sumbal, Bandipora and termed it shocking, unfortunate, gruesome and inhuman act.
The incident is a stain on the social, spiritual fabric and rich culture of Kashmir, JRL said in a statement. This unfortunate and gruesome incident needs a thorough investigations and the culprit of this immoral act needs to be awarded an exemplary punishment.
The incident has not only left the conscience of every Kashmiri badly shaken but brought every head down in shame, it said.
JRL said while this shameful and heart-breaking incident has pierced through our hearts and minds and left all of us shocked, some people might take advantage and try to divide us in the name of sects and tribes.
“The affected kid belongs to all of us and we all share the pain and agony of her family and stand firmly behind them,” JRL said, adding, “We all want the culprit to be brought to justice and justice for the victim and the affected family.”
The leadership has stressed upon people to maintain unity and brotherhood on all fronts and exhibit patience and discipline.