Protests erupt in Kashmir Valley against alleged rape of 3-year-old

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Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Indian-administered Kashmir to protest the alleged rape of a 3-year-old girl by a neighbor who lured her to a school bathroom.

A special investigation team comprising SDPO Sumbal, SHO Sumbal and Senior Prosecuting Officer has been constituted to investigate into the case, the police said in a statement.

Choudhary said the school principal had been detained for questioning to ascertain the circumstances under which he had issued the certificate.

The protesters were demanding death for the accused who has already been arrested. Protests by students, political parties and the civil society have spread across the Kashmir Valley, with calls for strictest possible punishment. Official sources said the principal is in "protective custody" because police fear he may be harmed by angry villagers.

The Kashmir Valley erupted in anger on Monday against the rape of a three-year-old minor, with 74 people injured in widespread clashes between the security forces and protesters.

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In January 2018, an eight-year-old girl was abducted, starved for a week and murdered after she was raped by several people in the southern Kathua area of the territory.

The police said that the age certificate uploaded on social media is fake and that the accused appears to be an adult and is being treated as such.

Schools and business establishments in the area remained shut as protestors demanded the strongest penalty for the accused. At places, the protests turned violent with many people injured, some of them critically. What kind of a sick pervert would do this?

"Action will be taken against the accused as per law", he said. @JmuKmrPolice must ensure a speedy investigation with only one consideration and that is to identify the guilty, prepare a watertight case & ensure exemplary punishment to those responsible. "Times like these, Shariah law seems apt so that such paedophiles are stoned to death". "The victim is the daughter of Kashmir and everyone is in grief". A youth in Mirgund area was seriously injured in clashes with security forces.

"If the culprits of such crimes are hanged, then such incidents can come down", protester Nafia Khursheed told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "All of Kashmir stands in unison", said Mr. Farooq.

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