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Main accused in Kulgam rape case arrested; 2 others absconding

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6 July 2020

The prime accused in an alleged rape case in Kulgam district was arrested within a day of committing the crime, Jammu and Kashmir police said on Monday.

“Police in Kulgam arrested the prime accused involved in kidnapping and rape of a girl within 24 hours,” a police spokesman said.

Acting on a complaint that a girl has been sexually assaulted, police registered a case against the three accused and arrested the prime accused within 24 hours.

The other two accused persons, who are residents of Chachimullah and Gandwani areas of Kulgam, are absconding.

After fulfilling all medico-legal formalities, the girl was handed over to her family. Investigation into the matter is in progress, the spokesman said.

The girl in her twenties was taken to a secluded spot on Sunday evening, where three men allegedly raped her. The accused were teachers by profession and have been identified as Hilal Ahmed Dar of Chachmulla village, Nazir Ahmed Shah and Amir Farooq Wani of Gandwani village.

Chief Education Officer (CEO) of Kulgam Mohammad Ashraf Rather said all the three teachers have been suspended.

“Hilal Ahmad Dar, teacher, Middle School, Chachimulla, Nazir Ahmad Shah, teacher, Middle School, Wani Mohalla, Gandwani), and Amir Farooq, teacher, Middle School, Wani Mohalla, Gandwani have been placed under suspension. The charges will follow in due course of time,” he said.Police Station DH Pora received a complaint stating that a girl has been kidnapped and sexually assaulted by three individuals’ of Chachimullah and Gandwani areas of Kulgam. Accordingly, FIR was registered at police station DH Pora, and the investigation has been initiated,” police said in a statement.

Police said the prime accused has been shifted to police station DH Pora. “However, the other two persons are still at large and efforts are on to nab them,” police said.

Deputy Commissioner, Kulgam, Showkat Aijaz Bhat, said the inquiry has been initiated. “The investigation is underway,” he said.

Women rights activist Subreen Malik, who heads ‘Marham: Women’s Cell, Kashmir’ said the victim-blaming starts as soon as a rape case is reported. “Questions will be asked to the victim and not the attacker. The problem is that women are still not seen as rightful owners of public space,” she said.

Earlier Angry people of the girls village had staged strong protests demanding arrest of the rapists.

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