NC leader calls on governor, demands prompt justice delivery into Sumbal rape incident

NC leader calls on governor, demands prompt justice delivery into Sumbal rape incident

Srinagar: The National Conference leader Shameema Firdous on Tuesday called on the governor Satya Pal Malik at Raj Bhawan here and presented him a memorandum demanding prompt delivery of justice into the Sumbal rape incident.
In the memorandum presented to the governor she decried the acts of molestation and other brutalities against women, the statement issued by the party said.
“I am writing to you at a time when we all are writhing in agony due to the heinous act of rape that was committed on a minor girl in Sumbal, Bandipora. The outrage it has generated within all sections of the society proves that no Kashmiri will tolerate such crimes. We stand in solidarity with the little girl and her family in this hour of extreme pain. We expect that the case is taken to its logical end on fast track basis and the guilty is punished,” the memorandum reads.
While expressing dismay over the lackadaisical approach on the deliverance of justice in rape and molestation cases, she appealed to the governor to ensure time bound inquiry into such gruesome incidents. “The horrible act however cannot be seen as a one-off incident as such acts against our women folk has seen a spur in recent times in our state. Unfortunately, many victims of sexual violence fail to get timely justice making it easier for the offenders to walk free or in other cases, the case take years all together to deliver justice to the victims,” she said.
The NC leader further said: “The example of Kathua rape and murder is a case in point. A brutal, gut wrenching and horrendous act that still waits for justice. The government, therefore, needs to devise a mechanism wherein such cases are taken up on fast track basis and justice is delivered without wasting much time.”
While demanding a through inquiry into the rape of a minor girl in Sumbal, she advocated for exemplary punishment to the offender which should act as a deterrent for future. “The rape that was committed in Sumbal could have been avoided if the offenders of such crimes would have been meted out with exemplary punishments in the past. To our dismay nothing of that sort seems to be happening in the Kathua case, the family is still waiting for justice. Justice delayed is justice denied, the proverbial assertion is the reflective of the situation vis-à-vis our state,” she added.