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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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16 dead in Doda road mishap

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Srinagar, Nov 12: Sixteen people, including five women and three children, were killed on Tuesday when a passenger vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district, police said.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Doda, Mumtaz Ahmad said one more person was rescued from the accident site near Marmat area of the hilly district in a critical condition and admitted to hospital for treatment.

Twelve people were killed on the spot after the accident and four more succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment, the SSP told PTI.

 

Officials said the SUV was headed for Gowa village of Marmat from Kleeni when its driver lost control while negotiating a blind curve and the vehicle fell into the 700-metre-deep gorge around 3.25 pm.

The condition of the only survivor, who was initially treated at a local hospital and later shifted to the Government Medical College Hospital Jammu, is critical, they said.

Meanwhile, a minor boy was crushed to death by a speedy truck near Miran Sahib in the outskirts of Jammu on Tuesday.

Sumit Kumar, a Class 7 student, was crossing the road outside his house when he was hit by the truck, a police official said, adding that the erring driver was arrested and the vehicle seized.

Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Sanjeev Verma expressed grief and shock over loss of lives in Doda road mishap.

The Divisional Commissioner said that the accident is heart-wrenching. “We mourn all those who lost their lives and express deep condolences to the bereaved families” he said. He prayed for fast recovery of the survivor.

The administration has ordered an inquiry to ascertain the reasons for the tragic mishap.

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LG reviews situation post snowfall: ‘Provide relief for damaged structures, death and injuries’

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Jammu, Nov 12: Lt. Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu reviewed the situation arising due to heavy snowfall in Kashmir and issued directions to the concerned officers for prompt action to alleviate miseries of people due to heavy snowfall in the Valley.

BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Bipul Pathak, Principal Secretary to Lt. Governor; Hirdesh Kumar, Secretary PDD;  Sanjeev Verma, Divisional Commissioner Jammu; Ajeet Kumar Sahu, Secretary PHE; Khurshid Ahmad Shah, Secretary PWD; Sh. Pandurang Pole, Secretary  Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction and Alok Kumar, IGP Traffic, J&K participated in the meeting.

Through video conferencing, Baseer Ahmad Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, briefed Lt. Governor about the status of the restoration of power supply, clearance of snow from the roads, adequacy of food items, fuel, water supply, availability of medicines and other basic amenities in areas of heavy snowfall in Kashmir.

 

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir informed that machines have been put in place for snow clearance, Centres for relief facilities have been set up in 3 places on the National Highway with sufficient stocking of essential commodities including dry ration, heaters, blankets, and provision of water and toilet facilities. He added that these Centres have the capacity to accommodate 1500 people at a time.

It was informed that 602 winter dumping stations have been established in inaccessible areas of Kashmir with all the basic necessities stocked for 6 months, these areas are mostly situated in the districts of Kupwara, Bandipora, Baramulla, Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag and a few areas in Budgam district.

The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir informed that winter control rooms have been established at district and sub divisional level and their telephone numbers have been widely publicized. All officers/officials have been asked not to leave stations without proper permission. Besides officers are touring extensively in areas of their jurisdiction to oversee public facilities.

Khan informed that snow clearance from roads and restoration of electricity supply has been done in record time and train services in the Valley have again started working from today. It was informed that 100 % major roads and more than 95 % internal roads in every district of Kashmir have been cleared for traffic movement. 95 % of the electricity supply in Srinagar district, 78% in Pulwama, 73 % in Kulgam and 70% each in Shopian and Ganderbal has been restored. Provision of alternate electricity supply for Baramulla and Kupwara districts has been made from Lower Jhelum, Kishenganga and Dilena sub-station. This interim arrangement has been made till electric lines are restored in these districts.

As regarding water supply, Divisional Commissioner informed that 680 out of 859 water schemes are fully functional with 100 % water supply restoration in Srinagar, Anantnag, Bandipora, Kulgam and Ganderbal  and more than 90 % in other districts. He informed that 80 stationary and 105 vehicle mounted pumps have been pre-positioned at vulnerable places to avoid inundation of low lying areas.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir further informed that 64,700 candidates appeared for 10th class examination today and adequate heating and lighting facilities were available at all the examination centres. He said that teams have also been constituted to check overcharging and hoarding of essential items by the traders.

Chief Secretary informed that Rs. 20 crore for Kashmir and Rs. 10 crore for Jammu have been provided and asked both the Divisional Commissioners to utilize the funds sanctioned under the SDRF.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir told that the SDRF teams have also been kept ready for carrying out rescue operations in upper reaches in case of landslides.

While reviewing the traffic management, Lt. Governor suggested for setting up kiosks wherever the space for traffic boy is not available. He directed deployment of adequate traffic personnel with provision of uninterrupted communication channels for smooth flow of traffic particularly along the Jammu-Srinagar Highway. He advised the PDD to ensure well designed towers for future including laying out of underground cables to protect the supply and directed the PHE Department for providing more vehicle mounted pumps.

Lt. Governor directed Divisional Commissioner Jammu to identify land for facilitating passengers who get stranded due to landslides on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway and create facilities for provision of food, water, toilets, tents and medicines.

Lt. Governor directed the administration to put in added efforts in mitigating the difficulties of the people and meeting their requirements. He advised constant monitoring and all out efforts for ensuring public convenience. He directed for providing immediate relief for damaged structures and in cases of death and those injured.

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JK still a state for different govt depts

Mudassir Kuloo

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Srinagar, Nov 12: For different government departments, Jammu and Kashmir is still a state with its own flag.

Sample this: Satya Pal Malik is still shown as Governor on the official website of Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir.

Malik was recently appointed as Governor of Goa while Girish Chandra Murmu took over as Lieutenant Governor of J&K on October 31.   

 

On August 5, Centre abrogated Article 370 and from November 1, the state was officially bifurcated into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. 

A picture displayed on the General Administration Department website shows erstwhile J&K’s state flag on the civil secretariat Srinagar.  The state that was governed through its own constitution has lost legal status and the state flag.

The websites of the Jammu Kashmir Power Development Department and State Electricity Regularly Commission have neither been updated and nor its old information has been removed.

In fact websites of most of the departments are either not updated or defunct.

Take for instance the website of Legal Metrology Department has not been updated for months. Similarly, departments like Social Welfare Department, Forest, Health, Medical Education, Industries and Commerce have not been updated for months neither the outdated information has been removed from the websites.

Jammu and Kashmir Government Spokesperson Rohit Kansal said he will take up the issue with concerned departments for updating official websites.  

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