Unrest erupts over toddler’s rape in Kashmir

Kashmiri student throws back a tear smoke shell at Indian police personnel during clashes in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 14 May 2019.Picture copyright

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A scholar threw again a teargas canister in Srinagar

Enormous protests have continued for the third day in Indian-administered Kashmir with individuals demanding the demise penalty for a person who allegedly raped a three-year-old lady.

“The accused had tried to flee, however we caught him,” the lady’s father instructed BBC Hindi. He stated the person was a neighbour and the police had arrested him.

Hundreds of individuals took to the streets on Monday, and dozens have been left injured after police used teargas on crowds.

There had been protests on Sunday too.

“We would like justice and stringent punishment,” the toddler’s father, Shair Ali Dar, stated.

Faculties and faculties have been closed within the Bandipore area as protests continued on Tuesday.

The Kashmir valley additionally got here to a halt on Monday, with protesters clashing with police and paramilitary forces at a number of locations, and colleges and companies shut throughout the area.

Police instructed native media that the accused had lured the kid into a close-by faculty and raped her there final week.

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“She was screaming for her mom,” Mr Dar stated. “We rushed to the college and located her bleeding within the toilet.”

The incident has spurred widespread outrage as rape of minors is comparatively uncommon within the Kashmir area.

Newest authorities crime figures present that two rape instances involving ladies beneath the age of six have been reported in 2016. General, 21 instances of rape in opposition to minors have been registered within the state that yr.

Protests rocked Kashmir final yr over the rape and homicide of an eight-year-old Muslim lady in Kathua district.

Quickly after the incident got here to mild, the federal authorities launched the demise penalty for these convicted of raping minors beneath the age of 12.

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