There is a lot of anger among the locals over the incident. Protest in Bandipora has been continuing since Friday.
Meanwhile, people jammed the Srinagar-Baramulla National Highway. The police left the tear gas shells to control the protesters and to remove the crowd after seeing the case coming out of hand.
On Monday, Police also summoned Principal of a private school for allegedly issuing a fake (DOB) certificate in favour of a youth accused in rape of the girl.
“A case was registered, and the accused was produced before the court which sent him on Police remand,” said SSP Bandipora Rahul Malik.
Bandipora Deputy Commissioner Shahbaz Mirza said,
“The heinous crime of rape of a minor in Bandipora is under investigation. We assure that perpetrator of the crime will be brought to justice. We appeal to the public to stay calm and not heed to any rumors.”
The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir demanded Shariah law in J&K, Mehbooba Mufti, said that such people should be “stoned to death.”
People across the valley of Kashmir took out protest rallies, against the rape and demanded strict punishment for the accused.
In Srinagar, protestors held placards and banners that read “hang the culprit” and “We want Justice”. The protestors demanded that the culprit should be hanged in public, so that ‘such an incident is not repeated in the future’.
“A three-year-old girl has been ravaged by a beast. We want the government to hang the culprit so that such things don’t happen again,” a protester at Alamgari Bazar said.
“We want the government to frame strict laws to punish such culprits,” she added.
Terming the crime as a ‘black stain on society’ a protester said, “as a parent, I am more worried now after this horrific incident. Kashmir was the safest place for women, but now it’s not even safe for kids.”
In Srinagar’s Press Enclave, numerous religious, student and activist groups staged protests against the incident throughout the day. The protestors carried banners and placards reading “End rape culture” and “girls are not toys”.
“We are demanding justice against this barbaric act. With every passing day, our society is degrading. We demand that politicians and state leaders should come forward to act very harshly against this culprit so that such incidents are not repeated in the future,” a protestor said.
Also, clashes between armed forces and protestors erupted across the valley.
As the protests intensified, police used tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse the protestors, leaving several injured.
The clashes continued for several hours and many areas were wrapped under a dense blanket of smoke, caused due to indiscriminate use of tear smoke shells.
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