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SHAME! Bandipora girl ‘repeatedly raped’ by father commits suicide

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Srinagar, Apr 13: In a shocking and equally shameful incident,a 23-year-old girl of Bandipora district was forced to commit suicide by consuming poison after being allegedly raped by her father for many years.

The girl (name withheld), as per the local Police Station House Officer, consumed a bottle of pesticide on Thursday. She was referred to Bandipora district hospital and eventually shifted to Srinagar where she breathed her last in a hospital on Friday.

The victim, as per the SHO, was allegedly raped by her father, and the crime was reported to the police by the victim’s younger sister, who also alleged of her father trying to do the same with her.

 

The body was sent for post-mortem even as the SHO said the apparent cause of death was poisoning.

A video gone viral on social media on Saturday, shows the younger sister of the deceased victim breaking down while trying to narrate the ordeal.

“One of my uncles used to sexually assault his daughter. Then my father followed suit, sexually abusing my elder sister for years now,” she can be seen saying in the video.

The younger sister claimed that the father tried to make sexual advances to her as well.

“He (father) often whispered nasty things to me which I tried to avoid. I got so angry once that I told him categorically that I will not remain silent if he continued to do so. I tried to inform my uncles and grandfather about my father’s activities but received a false assurance in return,” she says in the video.

“They casually said the matter will be sorted. One of my uncles even threatened my elder sister that she will also be held responsible and taken in police custody. Thereafter, she committed suicide,” the girl said, adding that, “I am not sure if it is actually a suicide or my father poisoned her”. 

“I was also threatened by my uncles and they were planning to get me married as soon as possible to hush up the matter but I vehemently opposed the proposal,” the girl added.

 “My grandfather also told me that I should maintain silence over the matter but only my uncle supported me and went to the police station with me for registering case against my father,” she said.

The elder uncle of the victim said his brother had committed a grave sin for which he should be hanged till death.

A local resident of the area said the victim had, a few days before consuming poison, tried to end her life by jumping off the roof of her house.

“Luckily, the children in the neighborhood saw her and came to her rescue immediately,” he said, wishing not be named.

“It was then that we came to know about the horrific incident and all the villagers assembled together to report the issue in the local police station,” the resident said, adding “this is a highly shameful act that has been reported in the society. We are not able to face other villagers. Our daughters are looking at us in suspicion which is so humiliating”.

Another resident said that there are girls in every house of this village. “If a girl is not safe inside her house than what is the guarantee that she will be safe outside?” he said.

He added that the culprit should be punished in a way that everyone will take a lesson from it and that justice should be done with both the girls.

SSP Bandipora, Rahul Malik, told The Kashmir Monitor that the case has been registered in Police Station Aragam (FIR No 04/2019 U/S 506,376,306) against the accused and investigation has been started in the matter.

Malik said that they have already arrested the accused father.

Asked if anyone else is involved in the case, he said that they are investigating the matter.

Chief Medical Officer, Bandipora, Dr Tajamul Hussain told The Kashmir monitor that board of doctors comprising of a gynecologist and senior surgeons did the autopsy of the victim and the report is with the forensic lab.

“Until report come, we cannot say anything,” he said.

Ulema amalgam shocked

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Srinagar, Apr 13: Mutahida Majlise Ulema (MMU) expressed deep shock over the shameful and shocking incident at Bandipora district of north Kashmir stating that the incident reflects the moral degradation in sections of society which is highly unfortunate.

MMU said that it’s the responsibility of one and all to protect the moral and social fabric so that acts of such a grave concern aren’t repeated.

In a shocking and equally shameful incident,a 23-year-old girl of Bandipora district was forced to commit suicide by consuming poison on Thursday after being allegedly raped by her father for many years.

The spokesman said that several drives were initiated in the past by MMU and its patron Mirwaiz Umar Farooq by involving different shades of people to create awareness about character building in the light of Quran and Hadith.

“It’s time that Ulema and heads of localities to work in tandem and ensure such incidents are prevented laying stress on every segment of society to play its positive role,” the spokesman said.

The MMU spokesman said it was painful to see that in the land of Sufi and saints, social evils were growing and posing a serious concern for Kashmir.

MMU said that all segments of society should introspect about these issues and see how they can contribute to their personal and collective capacity to rid the society of these grave issues.


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LOK SABHA ELECTIONS: 13.6% turnout in Anantnag district

Segment-wise %age: Bijbehara 2.04, Anantnag 3.47, Dooru 17.28, Kokernag 19.50, Shangus 15.10, Pahalgam 20.37

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Srinagar, Apr 23: The Anantnag district Tuesday witnessed a low voter turnout of 13.6 per cent in the third phase of the parliamentary elections.

Tuesday witnessed the first phase of the 3-phased polls for Anantnag Parliamentary seat, which also comprises of Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama districts.

Once considered PDP president Mehbooba Mufti’s bastion, the Bijbehara segment recorded the lowest poll percentage of 2.04%. Pahalgam recorded the highest turnout at 20.37%.

 

Addressing media persons, Chief Electoral Officer, J&K Shailendra Kumar said that polling took place “without any untoward incident”.

Divulging segment wise details of the district, the CEO informed that the percentage of the total votes polled in Anantnag segment  was 3.47 per cent, Dooru 17.28, Kokernag 19.50, Shangus 15.10, Bijbehara 2.04 and Pahalgam 20.37 %.

Kumar said that out of 5.27 lakh voters (2.69 lakh males) and (2.57 females), 71777 voters cast their vote.

He said that 54,663 voters were to cast their vote for the first time, adding that 44,536 voters were in the age group of 18 -21 years.

In Kokernag as per Kumar, 18312 votes were polled with a polling percentage of 19.36% and in Shangus 13354 votes were polled with a poll percentage of 15.09%.

In Bijbehara, 1905 votes were polled with a polling percentage of 2.04% and in Pahalgam 17649 votes  were polled with a polling percentage of 20.37%.  

Kumar said that “total poll percentage of three phases held so far stands at 48.87%.”

He said that for the smooth polling, the ECI had setup 714 polling stations in the district. The ECI had also established 21 model polling stations, 12 all women model polling stations.

He complemented all those involved in the poll process including political parties and election staff.

The polling took place in 714 polling stations including 21 migrant polling stations and 71 model polling stations.

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Bleak turnout may hit PDP

‘My father’s workers will ensure my victory’

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Srinagar, Apr 23: With the overall voter turnout in the first of the three-phase polling in Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency settling below 10 per cent till 1 p.m. on Tuesday, the fate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti hangs precariously in the balance in what was till recently her party’s bastion.

The bad news for Mufti is that voters in her ancestral town Bijbehara and the neighbouring Anantnag showed very little interest to come out and join the poll process.

Mufti won this Lok Sabha seat in 2014 and resigned in 2016 to become the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir following the death of her father, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.

 

She later won the 2016 bypoll for the Anantnag Assembly seat to get elected to the 87-member state legislative Assembly. Anantnag Assembly seat fell vacant due to Mufti Senior’s death in 2016.

In contrast to the less than 3 per cent voter turnout in Bijbehara and Anantnag segments that have traditionally been PDP strongholds, the turnout was better in Dooru, Kokernag and Shangus segments where her Congress rival, Ghulam Ahmad Mir has strong voter support.

The voter turnout has also been good in the Pahalgam segment, but it is believed that the PDP and the National Conference (NC) would cut almost equally here, again giving an edge to the Congress candidate.

Voting will be held in Kulgam district of the constituency on April 29 and in Shopian and Pulwama districts on May 6 and the voter turnout in these remaining districts may make or mar the electoral prospects of the PDP President.

Meanwhile, Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday said that the workers of her father Mufti Sayeed will ensure her victory in the Lok Sabha polls.

After casting her vote in Bijbehara area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, Mehbooba said that “this time my father Late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed is not with me but his workers who have worked for him are still there.”

“I hope the workers of my father will ensure my victory in this election,” Mehbooba told reporters.

Asked about low voter turnout in her hometown Bijbehara, Mehbooba said, “I am hopeful of good results.”

Mehbooba is among the 18 candidates who are in fray for South Kashmir Lok Sabha constituency.

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‘Mehbooba disowned her birth place; we just returned the favour today’

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Bijbehara, Apr 23: Barely 100 meters away from the ancestral home of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) founder Late Mufti Sayeed, in Baba Mohalla Bijbehara, a group of seven elderly men were Tuesday drawing comparison between the ongoing and the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Sitting on a pavement close to late Mufti’s ancestral house, they lamented the party’s downfall in the town particularly after the death of the PDP founder, which was followed by her daughter Mehbooba Mufti taking over the party in 2015.

As their arguments grew louder, a number of youth, who were sitting near the shrine of Baba Naseem-ud-din Gazi (RA), too joined in. They all justified the town’s “total boycott” of the Lok Sabha elections this year.

 

By noon, only 78 votes had been polled in the town which has 6,756 electorates.

Only 27 votes were polled in three polling booths closest to Mehbooba’s ancestral home.

All these men and youth were seemingly unhappy with the PDP chief for “disowning” her home town soon after taking over as the Member of Parliament (MP) and later Chief Minister of the state.

A man in his 60s said that Mehbooba during her speech soon after being elected as MP in 2014 claimed that she belonged to the nearby Akhran village.

“Her father Mufti Sayeed sahab lived here and she too managed to garner people’s support from here in 2014. How could she later claim that she never belonged to the town? The same day we started losing our hopes in her,” he said.

Abdul Salam, another elderly person, said that Muftis “have now even changed their graveyard from Baba Mohalla to Dara Shikoh Park.”

“People are very angry with them. Mufti Sahab could have been buried in his ancestral graveyard, which the family didn’t prefer. In 2014, we saw a large number of voters coming out of their homes to support the party, which is not happening now,” he said.

Regretting the loss the area faced with the death of Mufti Sayeed, the locals claimed Mehbooba “ignored the people of her town. That was the reason why people were showing their backs to PDP”.

“Mufti Sahab would visit to the town every now and then. But we haven’t seen Mehbooba ji after she won her elections in 2014. So people this time preferred to boycott the election,” said a youth supported by others.

One of the locals questioned the PDP’s approach towards the town by pointing towards a street, which was littered with garbage.

“Do you expect streets in a chief minister’s town looking like this?” he questioned, while pointing towards the street.

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