Srinagar, Feb 03: Eighteen days after the murder of Kathua minor, her family is yet to receive the medical report, while the investigating agencies have been maintaining silence.
Eight-year-old Asifa was abducted, allegedly raped, and murdered at Hiranagar, Kathua, in January.
The family of the girl has been alleging that she had been raped before her murder.
While a post-mortem of the body was conducted, the family has yet not received the report.
“ On February 1, we approached the Kathua police station to know about the medical reports, but the police officials refused to provide any information regarding it,” said Ali Jan, uncle of Asifa.
“We have asked police about the awaited medical reports and the case, but they are delaying it. They told us that the family will be given all the reports at an appropriate time. We want the real culprits to be punished,” said Jan.
On Friday, National Conference (NC) working president and former chief minister, Omar Abdullah, raised Asifa’s issue in the Legislative Assembly, saying that her medical report has not come to the fore. “Kathua incident was a shock, but unfortunately no medical report has been received by the investigating agency so far. Where is the medical report,” Omar asked the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti.
Soon after the incident, the government ordered a magisterial probe, following the opposition’s protests in the Legislative Assembly, and lashed out at the police for “failing” to trace her promptly after she had gone missing.
After protests and ruckus, the case was handed over to crime branch for probe.
Alok Puri, Inspector General Of police (IGP) State Crime Branch, said that they would release a statement about the medical reporter whenever required.
“We cannot reveal anything about the case. In fact we even can’t say whether we have received the medical report or not,” he said.
Peerzada Naveed, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), State Crime Branch, who is heading the case, said that the department would reveal the information at an “appropriate time”.
However, Advocate Talib Hussain, a social activist fighting for justice in the case, said, “The rape of the minor could be established only with the medical report. But the investigating agencies and the hospital authorities continue to stay mum over it.”
Hussain said they approached the concerned doctor and asked him to handover the medical report of Asifa to them. “He refused to do so without police permission,” he said.
“After the doctor’s refusal, we approached the SSP Kathua but he also stopped us from accessing the medical reports. We don’t understand as to why the officials are not revealing it. They are clearly trying to cover up the case,” he said.
Shopian attack: Non-local apple trader battles for life at SMHS hospital
Srinagar: The 25 year old non- local apple trader, who suffered critical wounds in a suspected militant attack in Shopian on Wednesday, is battling for life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of SHMS hospital here.
Suspected militants Wednesday killed an apple trader and serious injured his associate at Trenz village of Shopian district. The slain was identified as Chander Preet Singh while his injured associate was identified as Sanjeev Kumar of Ferozpur Punjab
Doctors attending on Kumar said he has suffered serious wounds in his vital organs.
“He hassuffered severe chest and abdominal injuries. He was admitted in the hospital in a very hypovolemic shock due to the excessive loss of blood. A surgery was later conducted, which lasted for five hours,” a doctor at SMHS hospital told The Kashmir Monitor.
He said Kumar had severe liver and diaphragm laceration (tear) and injuries in the soft tissues of shoulder and arms.“We had to remove his large intestines. His condition is still critical. He is being constantly monitored by a team of doctors. He is currently on ventilator,” the doctor said.
Lone son of his parents, Kumar has been associated with the apple trade for the last two years.His family members said that he arrived in Kashmir two weeks ago to ship applesto outside the state Mandis.
“He would spend three months in Kashmir for business. Some two weeks before he came to Kashmir,” Kumar’s brother-in-law Rishi Doda told The Kashmir Monitor.
Doda said that Kumar had never faced any problem in Kashmir. “He was all praise for Kashmir. Even some days back we called him to return. He,however,assured us that nothing was wrong with the non-locals here,” he added.
No plan to resume prepaid services: Guv
Srinagar, Oct 17: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday said the matter of the three civilian deaths in Jammu and Kashmir was of grave concern, and claimed Pakistan’s hand in the killings.
The Valley has seen several bloody attacks since post-paid services were restored, more than three months after the scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Included in the list of casualties is two Punjab-based apple trader, a migrant worker from Chhattisgarh and a truck driver from Rajasthan.
“This is a matter of grave concern, poor people who are migrating to the state to earn a living are being killed like this,” Satya Pal sounded alarm bells. “This is happening on Pakistan’s directions to create disturbance in the state. We will not allow this to happen. We will not spare such people.”
The Governor said that there isn’t a plan to resume pre-paid mobile service since “Pakistani nationals would misuse this”. “We will start Internet services only when situation improves.”
Hours after the truck driver was shot and killed and his vehicle set ablaze, text messaging were blocked in Kashmir. According to reports, SMS service was halted to reduce the ability of militants to communicate.
Lockdown fallout: Anxiety, depression cases surge in Kashmir
Srinagar, Oct 15: Fifty-year-old Fatima (name changed) feels jitters when she recalls the night she saw an SOS from her younger brother flashing on the television news channel.
“Call me immediately,” flashed the message on the scroll of a TV channel. The world blackened out for Fatima when she read the message from her younger brother.
It was after four weeks post abrogation of state’s special status that she heard from her younger brother, who works in a private company in Middle East.
Crushed by apprehensions triggered by the sudden message on TV, Fatima developed frequent panic attacks, which landed her at the Government Psychiatric hospital, Rainawari.
“My wife kept on saying that something bad has happened to him. Despite our reassurances, she was bogged down by negative thoughts which became the reason for the panic attacks,” lamented her husband.
Moreover, he was not able to contact his brother-in-law as there was no functional land-line in the neighborhood. “Going to DC office was out of question given the severe restrictions from our side at that time,” he said
Similarly 45-year-old Tabassum (name changed) was hovered by the negative thoughts of her daughter’s bleak future which landed her in depression.
She hoped that her daughter will benefit from the 50 percent quota reserved for the female MBBS students.
After the abrogation of article 370, she apprehended that the Centre would do away with the quota, thus, crushing her daughter’s dreams of becoming a doctor.
“She cried very easily. Her recurrent question would be: Will the government revoke the quota?” said her sister.
A senior consultant at the Psychiatric hospital termed the abrogation of Article 370 as “precipitating” and “perpetuating” factor to the conflict that is already 30 decades old.
“So many Kashmiris studying and working outside couldn’t contact their family members. Those living in Kashmir couldn’t contact their near and dear ones outside the valley, or for that matter inside the vale. This heightened the anxiety levels,” he said
The doctor noted that only 5-10 percent of patients reported at the hospital in August as the patient inflow was impeded by the lockdown.
“In the beginning phase of the communication lockdown, we couldn’t see many patients at the hospitals. They couldn’t reach here due to restrictions. Our essential services were also impacted,” he said.
The doctor asserted that the long terms effects of the ongoing crisis will be worse. “There will be more of depression, post-traumatic stress disorders, and acute stress disorders,” he said.