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Fresh gory details in Asifa’s rape and murder has left her family shattered

Firdous Hassan





Srinagar, Apr 11: The charge-sheet filed by police’s Crime Branch in the Asifa rape-and-murder case has brought to fore the horrendous details of how the 8-year-old girl from Kathua, Jammu, was drugged, raped, and murdered.
On January10, Asifa had gone missing from near her home. Her body was found in a nearby forest after a week.
The charge-sheet, filed in a Kathua court on Monday, revealed that Asifa was gang-raped multiple times by her abductors and was given sedatives to keep her unconscious before she was brutally killed.
The probe also revealed that she was kept starved for days together and suffocated and hit with a stone to death.
Most of the tribal families have left their village to take their cattle to the greener pastures in mountainous regions of Kashmir Valley.
But few members of Asifa’s family preferred to stay back at home given the investigations carried by the Crime Branch in the case.
Asifa’s uncle, Amjad Ali said that the revelation by the Crime Branch had shattered them further, considering the brutal treatment meted out to their child.
“We were initially unaware of these facts. Most among us knew that she was killed only. The rape was established by police after investigation. Even Asifa’s mother Rafia Bano is still in shock and unaware about the brutal treatment by the abductors,” he said.
Ali said that the probe by Crime Branch has come as a shock to them.
“We couldn’t even bear to accompany the Crime Branch officials to the court for submitting the charge-sheet. Asifa’s brutal murder and rape has been a tragedy for us,” he said.
Hashim, another member of Asifa’s family said that they have been threatened since last three months by the members of other community for raising a voice in her support.
“Our family members are so tense as justice has not been delivered yet. Majority of the people now left for grazing their animals. Those who live there fear for their lives,” he said.
Jabbar, a local teacher said they couldn’t do their work properly in the last three months.
“The voice against Gujjar community is intensifying in Kathua. Even today the entire area has observed shutdown. In general people are scared that they too might be killed or attacked,” he said.
Hindu Ekta Manch, a group formed after the arrest of the accused, has been demanding their release.
The lawyers on Monday protests and attempted to block the Crime Branch officials from filing the charge sheet.
Two Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) minister earlier addressed Hindu Ekta Manch rally, supporting their demand to hand over the case to the CBI.



Missing B’pora teacher found dead in Wular




Srinagar, May 20: Body of a government school teacher missing for the last one week was recovered from Wular Lake under mysterious conditions near Leharwalpora area in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Monday.

The police have started proceedings under 174 CrPc into the nature of death.

Reports said that some locals spotted the body in the Lake near Leharwalpora Monday morning and accordingly informed the concerned police station.


A police team immediately reached the spot and retrieved the body from the lake, they said.

The deceased has been identified as Mushtaq Ahmed Lone (27) son of Abdul Rehman Lone of Gurez at present Sheikhpora Colony Mantrigam Bandipora.

Mushtaq, a teacher by profession had left to attend his duty at Government High Secondary School Chuntimulla on May 13 but did not return since then.

Confirming the incident, SSP Bandipora Rahul Malik said that an FSL team was rushed to the spot for medical examination.

“The medical team has been constituted for post-mortem including experts from GMC Srinagar in the presence of Magistrate,” he said.

Proper photography and videography is being done of entire proceedings. Rest all other medico legal formalities of the deceased are being done, he said.

We are awaiting FSL and medical report to come to ascertain the actual cause of death, he said.

“An enquiry under 174 CrPc has been initiated and further investigations have been taken up,” the officer added.

Pertinently, the family members and neighbors held a protest demonstration on May 18 and had urged administration for help in tracing their missing kin.

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Kashmir University gets A+ NAAC accreditation




Srinagar, May 20: After bagging 53rd rank in NIRF 2019 and 51st in QS India University Rankings 2019, the University of Kashmir added yet another feather to its cap by scoring A+ grade in the recent reaccreditation cycle by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

According to the result issued by NAAC, the University of Kashmir is scoring an impressive 3.31 Institutional Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) on a scale of 04 ahead of several other leading Universities in the country.

The University has scored 3.89 in Infrastructure and Learning Resources, 3.67 in Curricular Aspects, 3.18 in Teaching Learning and Evaluation, 3.05 in Research, Innovations and Extension, 3.61 in Institutional Values and Best Practices, 3.1 in Governance, Leadership and Management and 2.94 in Student Support and Progression.


The long-awaited accreditation was awarded to the University by peer NAAC team on Monday, May 20, 2019, which visited the varsity in the first week of May 2019 from 02-05-2019 to 04-05-2019.

It is in place to mention here that KU has earlier been accredited during its previous two cycles first in 2002 and then again in 2011 and on both these two occasions the University was awarded grade ‘A’ by NAAC.

Pertinently the Peer NAAC team comprising of six members during its visit to the University earlier this month applauded University for its research standards and stated that the varsity has made a quantum jump in its Infrastructure and Learning resources.

Being the chairperson of Monitoring and Steering Committee the Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof Talat Ahmad personally monitored the preparedness of the University for the Peer NAAC team visit.

While congratulating the staff, students, scholars and alumni on the occasion Prof Talat said “I congratulate both teaching and non-teaching faculty, students, scholars and alumni for this tremendous feat. It was a team effort and we succeeded in our efforts. However at the same time we must understand that we don’t have to be complacent and work harder to achieve much higher grade next time so that our University gets international recognition.”

Registrar KU Dr Nisar A Mir said “I congratulate all the stakeholders of the University and this particular grade will ensure better job placements for our students and will fetch more fellowships to our scholars. Moreover, it will help us to upgrade our infrastructure while we will succeed in securing better funds from different funding agencies governed by UGC and other bodies.”

Governor congratulates varsity:

Governor Satya Pal Malik, Chancellor of the University of Kashmir, Monday congratulated Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor of the University, his colleagues, staff and students for being awarded A+ Accreditation by peer NAAC Team.

Governor has expressed happiness on the impressive performance of the University by securing 3.31 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) on a scale of 04. He has urged for making the University a leading Institute in teaching and research and wished it success in all its future academic endeavours.

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Mirwaiz Farooq’s anniversary: Curbs in parts of downtown today




Srinagar, May 20: The Srinagar administration has decided to impose curbs in parts of downtown on Tuesday on the eve of Awami Action Committee (AAC) rally from Jamia Masjid to Martyrs’ graveyard Eidgah to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed-e-Milat Mirwaiz Moulana Muhammad Farooq.

An official that restrictions will be imposed on Tuesday in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, Rainawari, MR Gunj and Khanyar. “The decision has been taken as a precautionary measure,” the official said.

Meanwhile, authorities placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest ahead of the Eidgah Chalo call announced by Hurriyat (M) to observe death anniversary of Mirwaiz Farooq.


A police official confirmed that Mirwaiz had been placed under house while as restrictions Will be imposed in various parts of Srinagar.

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