JK: 15-yr-old boy apprehended for minor girl's killing in Kathua

Protests erupt against murder rape of minor girl in IHK

JK: 15-yr-old boy apprehended for minor girl's killing in Kathua

The people of Kashmir held a demonstration on the incompetence of law enforcement authorities after the brutal rape and murder of an 8-year-old little girl in Kathua district of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK), according to the Kashmir Media Service.

He said that the girl had left her home but did not return.

"We have shifted the body to District Hospital Kathua for the postmortem", he added.

On January 17, the girl's body was found after which the police took it into custody and send it for post mortem, he said.

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He said the investigation conducted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by SDPO border Chadwal revealed that the accused kidnapped the minor girl and put her in nearby cowshed at village Rassana, where he attempted to rape her and when she resisted, he killed her by way of strangulation.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri told the Assembly that a speedy inquiry has been initiated into the incident.

Netizens also drew parallels with Zainab, a minor in Pakistan who was raped and dumped in a garbage site.

"During the course of investigation, a police party of Police Station Hiranagar and VDC Badoli visited the spot and a search of the Rasana forests was conducted along with civilians and Bakarwals residing in the area", he said.

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Consequently, the complainant along with others started searching the area, but could not find the girl, he said.

NC's Mian Altaf and Congress's G M Saroori wondered as why police did not act for seven days after the girl was abducted even after the family had registered the complaint.

As the opposition continued their protests, Veeri announced suspension of Station House Officer of the concerned police station till further inquiry, leading restoration of the order in the House.

They also demand a statement from the Chief Minister on the matter. "We suspect that they want to hush-up the case", Talib said.

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Protests were held in many parts of Kashmir including Maisuma and Hyderpora and from Jammu division's Kathua, Ramban, Surnkote, Poonch, Doda and Gandoh.

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