SRINAGAR — Protests erupted at scores of places in the Kashmir Valley on Monday as outrage over the rape of a minor in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
Markets were closed in Bandipora, Sopore, Badgam and Baramulla towns but shutdown call given by the Itihadul Muslimeen, a religious organisation, had a partial effect in Srinagar city, reports IANS.
Normal life was affected in Srinagar on Monday due to a strike as most schools, shops and other business establishments in the city remained shut due, officials said, Reports PTI.
They said public transport was also affected by the strike Government offices and banks, however, remained open.
People in large numbers took to the streets across the state capital and other places demanding death penalty for the man accused of raping a three-year-old girl on May 8.
Students of Kashmir University, Central University and the Islamic University of Science and Technology boycotted classes and held protests.
Members of the High Court Bar Association stayed away from courts to express solidarity with the victim.
‘Itehadul Muslimeen’ a religious organisation which is also a constituent of the Hurriyat Conference – Sunday called for a complete shutdown across the Kashmir Valley on Monday against the alleged rape of the girl at Sumbal in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
Peoples Conference (PC) chairman Sajad Gani Lone also condemned the use of forces against the protesters.
“Use of pellets against protestors protesting the rape of a 3 year old girl goes against all norms. Has the J K Police forgotten non Lethal crowd control. Heaven’s sake. Understand there is anger and anger in such a case is normal,” Lone said in a tweet.
Use of pellets against protestors protesting the rape of a 3 year old girl goes against all norms. Has the J K Police forgotten non Lethal crowd control. Heaven’s sake. Understand there is anger and anger in such a case is normal.
— Sajad Lone (@sajadlone) May 13, 2019
Former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, separatist leaders, as well as a number of social, religious and political groups expressed shock over the incident.
Police on Monday detained the principal of a private school who issued a minor certificate for the rape accused, Tahir Ahmad Mir, who has already been arrested. Mir’s father has given a statement that his son is 20 years old, said the police.
(With inputs from agencies)