Rape, murder of 8-year-old girl sparks outrage in occupied Kashmir

Rape, murder of 8-year-old girl sparks outrage in occupied Kashmir

The people of Kashmir held a demonstration on the incompetence of law enforcement authorities after the brutal rape and murder of an 8-year-old little girl in Kathua district of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK), according to the Kashmir Media Service.

Not satisfied with the minister's reply, the opposition walked out of the house before raising slogans against the government. "Incidents like this will be investigated expeditiously & the guilty will be punished", Mufti wrote on Twitter. Mir said that the state government must take effective measures to ensure safety and security of the people.

Responding to the concern expressed by the Legislators on the gruesome incident, Minister for Revenue & Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri informed the House that the accused has confessed to the crime. The opposition legislators said that police did not make any effort to trace the girl after she was abducted. He said the accused has been arrested and further investigations are on.

He said they searched for Asifa everywhere, including the villages and the forest, but she could not be found.

As per the content of the application, case FIR No: 10/2018 U/S363 RPC was registered and the investigation started.

The minister said that during the course of investigation, the police and the village defence committee of Badoli visited the spot and searched a forest area in Rassana.

They also demanded action against the police for failure to trace the girl for the last seven days till her body was found on Tuesday. The dead body of deceased was taken into police custody for post-mortem.

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"We have shifted the body to District Hospital Kathua for the postmortem", he added.

The investigation of case is in progress to collect more evidence about the commission of offence by the accused, he said.

Gurezi also directed the government to come up with a statement in the House in this regard.

Veeri was responding to charges leveled by Opposition that the police officials did not act swiftly after Ashifa went missing. "That report will confirm how she was murdered and other allegations (of rape)", he said.

Sub Divisional Police Officer Border (Kathua) Raghuvir Singh will head the team. However, Congress MLA Vikar Rasool said that atrocities were being committed on minorities in the state.

The minister said that the boy allegedly attempted to rape her and when she resisted, he strangulated her to death.

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