Widespread Protest Against Alleged Rape Of 3-Year-Old In Kashmir

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Eyewitnesses said the students of AS College were protesting inside the college premises, however, some of the students took to streets and clashed with forces. The CRPF personnel fired several teargas shells and dispersed the protesters.

Students of Kashmir University and Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) also staged peaceful protest rallies in their campuses.

A widespread protest has broken out in Kashmir against the alleged rape of a three-year-old girl child, in Sumbal area of Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district on May 9. The protesters demanded that authorities expedite the investigation into the case.

The assault is the latest incident of violence against women in India.

So far, the police said, they have been treating the accused as major.

A police official said the police station in Ganderbal received a complaint from a family that their teenage daughter was raped by a youth on May 12. "He should not be shown any kind of mercy", the protestors said.

A police statement later Monday said that protests had spread to northern Baramulla district where 47 security personnel and seven protesters were injured in the clashes. "Now we are again demanding capital punishment for the accused, otherwise, such things will be repeated".

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Police said they were questioning the school principal who issued the birth certificate.

Divisional commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan released a video appealing for calm. A medical team is likely to determine the accused's age through scientific measures.

The rape of the three-year-old girl has caused outrage in the Valley with mainstream and separatist politicians, religious parties, civil society members, traders and youth denouncing the incident and demanding stern punishment for the rapist.

Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik has directed the concerned officials to work swiftly in the case. "Times like these, Shariah law seems apt so that such paedophiles are stoned to death". They even demanded the accused be hanged.

Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani termed such incidents " a black stain on our social fabric and rich culture".

People's Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti said that she was left mortified by the incident and said only Sharia Law needs to be applied to perpetrators of such heinous crimes.