8142India: Kashmiri Villagers Protest After Cops Try to Rape Girl
- Jul 1, 2007Kashmiri Villagers Protest After Cops Try to Rape Girl
Mukhtar Ahmad, Arab News
SRINAGAR, 28 June 2007 Bandipora town in north
Kashmir yesterday witnessed protests and a shutdown
against alleged molestation of a local girl by two
soldiers of the 57 Rashtriya Rifles counter-insurgency
Angry villagers paraded the two soldiers naked through
the streets after they were caught trying to rape a
17-year-old girl, witnesses and newspaper reports said
Police said they were investigating the incident,
which took place late Tuesday in Kunan, a village
north of Srinagar.
Two army men in civil dress entered our house in the
afternoon demanding food and shelter. They asked my
mother to leave and tried to rape me, the girl was
reported as saying.
I resisted and screamed until my neighbors rescued
me, she said, according to the Greater Kashmir daily.
Mohammad Usman, a witness, said that furious villagers
had beaten up the soldiers, stripped them, shaved
their heads and paraded them through the village
Police fired in the air to disperse the protesters
and rescued the two soldiers, said a local police
officer. An Indian Army spokesman denied the rape
It is all baseless, the allegations were spread by
vested interests to malign the army, he said. The
soldiers are currently lodged in the Bandipora police
These two soldiers were on routine patrol duties in
Kunan when the civilians took them hostage. Anyway, we
have initiated our investigations into the matter,
said Brig. V. Garg, commander of the armys 81
Mountain Brigade under whose command the Rashtriya
Rifles operates in Bandipora district.
The protesters, however, alleged that the soldiers
could not have been on patrol duty as they were
unarmed and were caught from a house in the village.