SRINAGAR: Religious leaders, civil society groups, and students held separate protests in Srinagar on Monday against the rape of a 3-year-old-girl in Sumbal Bandipora and demanded capital punishment to the accused.
Members of Jammu and Kashmir Itehaadul Muslimeen, headed by Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari, assembled at the press enclave to hold a protest. They held up placards and shouted slogans calling for justice.
Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari while talking to reporters said that the government always comes up with assurances but fails to ensure justice to the victims.
“The culprits of this inhuman act should be dealt with strictly, so that these kind of cases do not happen in the future and people learn a lesson,” he said.
Students from various educational institutions also staged a protest demonstration at the press enclave and demanded capital punishment to the culprit.
The students held up placards and banners that read, “Girls Are Not Toys”, “Hang the Culprit”, “RIP Humanity”, and “We Want Justice ”.
Youths from Harwan area also held a protest demonstration at the press enclave and chanted slogans demanding justice.
Syed Murtaza, one of the youths taking part in the protest, said that what had been done to the little girl was akin to a war upon humanity.
“The culprit should be given capital punishment within no time, so that justice is delivered to the family,” he said.
The Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) and the Shah Faesal-led Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) also held protests in Srinagar.
Members of JKCCS including M Altaf Bhat, M Sulaiman Bhat, Abdul Hameed Bukhari and Naseema Khan said at the protest that Shariah law should be implemented in such cases so that the culprits get the severest punishment.
A shutdown was also observed on the call of the Jammu and Kashmir Itehaadul Muslimeen, which had appealed to people to observe a protest shutdown on Monday.