Hang my son if proven guilty, says father of Sumbal youth

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BANDIPORA — Father of alleged rapist who is behind bars Tuesday appealed people to listen to his version too.

“Since May 08, people have been listening to the story of Ghulam Mohiuddin Dar and today I request them to listen to me as well,” Abdul Rehman Mir, the father of rape accused said.

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Ghulam Mohiuddin Dar, a resident of Malikpora Targam area of Sumbal town here in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district has accused the son of Abdul Rehman Mir of violating her 3-year-old baby girl.

Dar along with the couple of relatives handed over the accused to police and subsequently, a case was registered. Keeping in view the intensity of the protests, police constituted a SIT to conduct a fair probe.

Though everyone in society condemned the alleged rape incident and demanded exemplary punishment for the accused, but things went ugly when a certificate showing the date of birth of accused as 23-07-2009 signed by the Principal Islamic Education Institute went viral.

Netizens raised eyebrows claiming that Principal wants to turn accused into a juvenile. “Those who raised questions over the character of the Principal Ali Muhammad Mir probably don’t know that he is a Shia himself,” said the father of the accused Abdul Rehman Mir.

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He added, “Those who protested claimed that the Principal wanted to save the accused because he, like the accused, is a Sunni Muslim but unfortunately they don’t know the Principal’s background, who only provided the school record sought by the Police. He never looked at the incident through the prism of any sect.”

Mir said that he can vouch for the innocence of his son who according to him is a kid himself. “The charges from my neighbor are fabricated,” he said.

When asked that why Dar will defame her little daughter and accuse his son of rape, Mir said that the source of conflict is a property.

“We wanted to shift to some other place and that’s why we sold our house to Dar. He paid Rs 7 lakh while rest of the amount he was supposed to pay us on May 08 – the day when he levelled rape charges,” he said.

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Mir said that he fails to understand how Dar occupied his house forcefully after what he described as fake charges. “We were thrown out from the house shortly after the incident and it was occupied by Dar who is still living there,” he said.

“People when angry usually set the house of accused on fire or vandalize it but for the first time, the family of accused was ousted from the house and it was occupied by alleged victim family,” Mir said and demanded a thorough probe into the allegations.

Mir said that he is not defending his son but only wants justice should prevail. “If my son is guilty, he should be hanged in broad daylight but give police a chance to probe the allegations,” he said.

When asked to throw light on the alleged incident, Mir said that he was not at his house and doesn’t know anything. “I am waiting for the medical report and have faith in the system,” he added.

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