Srinagar, May 14: The condemnations on Tuesday continued to pour in against the rape of a three year old minor girl in Tregam Sumbal in district Bandipora on May 8.
Chairman Peoples Democratic Front (PDF), Hakeem Yaseen, who is currently in Makka Sharief on Umrah, while strongly condemning the incident called it “shameful and ghostly”.
In a statement issued here, Hakeem Yaseen demanded exemplary punishment to the culprit and has urged for a fast track court trial to provide justice to the victim and her family.
“This dastardly and shameful incident is a black slur on the face of humanity,” Hakeem Yaseen has remarked while demanding stringent punishment to the perpetrator of this heinous crime. The barbaric incident has pained and hurt conscience of every human being.
He also appealed people of the state to keep calm and defeat every nefarious attempt to give the incident a sectarian twist. He said there are certain elements who try to create a wedge between Shia and Sunni in the garb of this incident to satiate their petty interests.
He said everyone, irrespective of cast, creed, religion or region have in unequivocal terms condemned the incident including both Sunnis and Shias and everyone wants that the accused should be punished as per law. “So we should not allow vested interests to high jack this unfortunate incident,” Hakeem Yaseen has observed.
Meanwhile, All Party Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina speaking about the episode said, “Three years girl rape is a heinous crime and exemplary punishment should be given to the culprit. This case is fittest case to register under POCSO (Protection of children from sexually offences) against the accused.”
“I appreciate Governor Satya Pal Malik and other officials of government for swift action on fasts track bases so that in future no body repeats such heinous crime,” said Raina.
“Kashmir valley is a known safe place for females and such incident will not be tolerated by the people living in the valley. We can stop such dirty mind by punishing the culprit on fast track,” he said.
In a statement issued here, APSCC termed the incident as shocking and in human act. The victim is daughter of every Kashmiri, we feel ashamed after hearing this crime and wants justice to family. We express solidarity with the family of the girl and urged society to raise strong voice against this crime committed against a small baby of three years.
Likewise, CPI (M) leader M Y Tarigami speaking on the episode said that the rape of a 3-year-old girl in Sumbal area of Bandipora district is most shameful act and against the human values. “The perpetrator of this heinous crime, irrespective of which religion, sect or community he belongs to, must be given exemplary punishment,” Tarigami said.
In a statement issued here, Tarigami said “A devil is a devil and he has no religion or sect. Last year, in Kathua when an 8-year-old nomad girl was gangraped and brutally murdered, a criminal act was communalised. Whole of the country condemned that devilish act.”
“Some vested interests are trying to divide our ranks and trying to take advantage of Sumbal rape incident. We must guard against such people. We appeal to people to protest peacefully and not resort to any type of violence,” he said.
“The victim is the daughter of Jammu and Kashmir and all of us must put our head down in shame. It is a beastly act and merits serious social introspection,” CPI (M) leader added.
Maharaja’s atrocities will always haunt Kashmiris: Er Rasheed
Srinagar, July 19: Reacting to a comment by Vikram Aditya Singh-Congress leader and Maharaja’s grandson, for insulting martyrs of July 13, 1931, AIP President Er Rasheed said that the statement made is shameful, distortion of the facts and misleading.
In a statement issued on Friday, Rasheed said that Singh must collect the courage and apologize for the huge atrocities his grandfather committed on innocent Kashmiris. He said “those praising Maharaja must not forget that Maharaja had bulldozed basic rights of citizens, snatched their religious freedom and given liberty even to his Chowkidars to murder and rape anyone they would wish. From Maharaja to his ordinary Chowkidars everyone would treat state like its concubine and their process of looting even day to day edibles of common masses was far worse than today’s gangsters. Those who were martyred on 13th July 1931 will remain, national heroes, till doomsday and every year on 13th July Maharaja’s dark era will be condemned.”
He said history can never forgive Hari Singh for the massacre of Nov 1947 by his army killing lakhs of Muslims in Jammu province. The state-sponsored genocide was the beginning of demographic changes in the state.
Rasheed asked NC and PDP to collect the courage and apologize for supporting Vikram Aditya Singh in recently concluded Parliamentary elections. He added that Singh’s statement insulting martyrs has exposed not only the dual face of Congress but that of NC and PDP as well.
Rasheed added that history will always remember the martyrs of 13th July 1931 who had a vision, conviction, commitment and courage to sacrifice their lives against Maharaja’s autocracy and thus created a history by bringing awareness among masses that how much mighty any autocratic ruler maybe, he has to surrender before the will of masses. Rasheed also condemned the incident in which a prominent citizen was crying for not being allowed to carry forward the dead body of his father by the security forces on the national highway, the spokesman of the party said in a statement issued to media.
NC dubs remarks as ‘horrendous, uneducated’
Srinagar, July 19: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Friday rejected the remarks on the 1931 martyrs by some quarters as horrendous and obnoxious, saying the day marked the open revolt against a despotic, pitiless and tyrant autocratic government.
Reacting sharply to the obnoxious remarks emanating from some untutored sections against the martyrs of 1931, party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said such brutish assertions against the martyrs who laid their lives for the dignity and self respect shows the disdain the scions of erstwhile autocrats hold for the cherished values of democracy. “The party had on various occasions rejected such assertions from time to time as having emanated from the untutored and communal elements. The uprising of 1931 was that of an oppressed against the oppressors, of defenseless against the armed, of poor against the landed gentry. The day marked the commencement of a peaceful struggle by the unarmed people against the then anti-Muslim and anti people government.”
“A ruthless autocratic government that taxed almost everything under sky, leaving just water and air for free for the poor masses. Such uncouth and untaught assertions of erstwhile autocratic scion cannot help him exonerate his family from unleashing the worst torments on the people of Kashmir in the shape of forced-labor (Begaar); the taxes were even levied on the cattle, marriages, and houses. The autocratic regime deputed revenue teams who used to collect revenue in kind for which sepoys were disputed to villages that used to create havoc in the villages. The revenue was collected with such severity and harshness that the cultivators had to sell even their belongings including cattle and sheep,” he added.
He said the worst feature of the worst attribute of the Dogra rule was its communal outlook. “It discriminated the Muslims on the basis of their religion and also interfered in their religious affairs. The Muslims were particularly marginalized. There was no Muslim representation in government offices. There was not a single Muslim gazetted officer in most of the departments, like defense, hunting, scientific research, libraries, archaeology, and agriculture. Major Muslim mosques were converted into Stables and stores,” he said adding, “It was due to the supreme and sacred sacrifice of the martyrs of 1931 that the state finally got the freedom after 118 years. And it was Sher e Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah who painstakingly strived towards the fulfillment of the mission of martyrs of 1931. The coming generations will continue to draw inspiration from the martyrs of 1931. The supreme sacrifice of the martyrs will continue to guide our party in all its future endeavors.”
DGP releases ‘Beyond Alcoholism and Drug Addiction’
Srinagar, July 19: Director General of Police Dilbag Singh Friday released a book titled “Beyond Alcoholism and Drug Addiction” written by Ajay Vaid at Police Headquarters, Srinagar.
On this occasion the DGP said that the narrative of the book is the need of the hour. He said that J&K Police has already tightened the noose on the menace of drugs, many steps are being taken to fight the drugs. He said that this book not only provides information about the drug abuse and its effects but also informs that addiction is a treatable disorder.
DGP congratulated the author and said that this book would be useful for all those who are taking initiatives to curb the menace.
Written by Ajay Vaid, the book has been prepared to create knowledge and awareness about alcoholism and drug addiction. The book provides certain ways and means as how to face addiction and manage to keep away from it.
This is the author’s 3rd book. Earlier, he has written a book on ‘Tourism Destinations in India’ in 2011 and the 2nd book he has written is on ‘Exams, Job, Career and burning environment issues’ in the year 2012.
On the occasion ADGP (Headquarters) PHQ A. G. Mir and AIG (Prov. & Tpt.) PHQ Mubassir Latifi were also present on the occasion.