Girl kidnapped during marriage function in Kulgam

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KULGAM — Locals in a village of Kulgam in southern Kashmir staged a massive protest, demanding stringent punishment for those responsible for alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of a girl.

Eyewitnesses said that a police party led by Station House Officer Davinder Singh rushed to the spot to pacify the protesters at Poniwah village who had blocked Kulgam-Yaripora road against the alleged sexual abuse incident that occurred at village Akhal of the same district on October 31 last month.

“The victim, a resident of Poniwah village, had gone to Akhal hamlet to attend a wedding ceremony that took place in the house of one Sabzar Parray. Two youth from Ashmuji village kidnapped and raped her in a dense orchard. The girl was found in semi-unconscious state and was shifted to hospital where from she was referred to Srinagar hospital for treatment,” the protestors said.

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They identified the accused as Adil Dar and Wasim Dar. The accused had arrived in the village as guests.

The protesters said that the girl is battling for life and demanded stern punishment for the accused. Police assured them of action and informed them that the accused have already been taken into custody.

A police officer, while divulging information about the incident, said that Police Station Devsar received a written complaint for assistance from complainant that his sister (name withheld) had been kidnapped by two persons namely Aadil Ahmad Dar and Waseem Rehman Dar, both residents of Ashmuji Kulgam from Akhal and took her to a nearby dense orchard and tried to rape her and also outraged her modesty.

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“In the meantime, the victim girl was brought by her cousin brother to Police Station Devsar in an unconscious state and injured condition. The girl was instantly taken to hospital for treatment and medical examination,” he said.

He added, “Taking cognizance of the incident, a team headed by SHO Devsar under the supervision of DSP Headquarters, Kulgam was constituted to nab the accused. Utilizing all available means, with strenuous efforts, specific information was generated by the investigating team which led to the arrest of accused within three hours after the complaint was received.”

“Regarding the incident, case vide FIR number 116/2020 U/S 341, 366, 376/511, 354, 323 stands registered in Police Station Devsar and further investigation is in progress,” he said.

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