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Sumbal minor’s rape: Hurriyat Conference (M) demands fast track investigation, urges sectarian harmony

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Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) on Monday termed the rape of a 3-year-old girl of Tregam area of Sumbal in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district as barbaric and gruesome.
Expressing deep shock and pain, the amalgam demanded an exemplary punishment to the culprit involved in the act that has left the conscience of every Kashmiri shaken.
“Last year also a brutal rape and murder of a minor nomadic girl was witnessed in Kishtwar and now the one at north Kashmir’s Bandipora district which reflects the deep rot in our society and the level of waywardness and moral degradation that has gripped the Valley,” a spokesman of the amalgam said and demanded that the investigations be conducted on a fast track basis so that the culprit is brought to book without any further delay and punished sternly so that no such act is repeated in future.
Hurriyat Conference also made a fervent appeal to all to maintain sectarian harmony and urged common masses to show a united face in this hour of crisis.
Expressing solidarity with the family of the victim, Hurriyat Conference said that all of Kashmir stands in unison in demanding sternest possible punishment to the culprit.
Meanwhile, a Hurriyat spokesman paid glowing tributes to two armed youth—Javaid Ahmed Bhat and Adil Bashir Wani— killed in a gunfight with government forces at Sitapur area of Shopian district. The amalgam said that the “ultimate repression” unleashed by the government forces was pushing the Kashmir’s young lot towards armed means of resistance as all the peaceful means protests stand choked.
He said that even in the fasting month of Ramazaz, there is no let up in the bloodshed of Kashmir youth as New Delhi continues to display its military might to muzzle genuine dissent in the Valley. “The fact remains that Kashmir is a political issue that needs to be resolved as per the will of its people and not by brute force.”

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