‘Humanitarian nightmare’: Pakistan condemns alleged rape of three-year-old in Kashmir

Kashmir observes shutdown against rape of 3-year old girl

Shameful: Despite the ‘holy’ month, 3 YO raped by local

The Kashmir valley also came to a halt on Monday, with protesters clashing with police and paramilitary forces at several places, and schools and businesses shut across the region.

The protesters threw stones at the security forces, who fired tear gas at the demonstrators.

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. But, as the day progressed, the protests spilled over to other parts of north Kashmir as members of different communities took part in the violent demonstrations.

"We called for strike today to make people aware about growing incidents of rapes in the valley".

"On learning about the unfortunate incident, the governor immediately spoke to SP Pani, IGP Kashmir, and took a detailed review of the ongoing investigations into the case", the spokesman said.

A 16-year old girl was allegedly raped in Ganderbal on Tuesday and the accused has been arrested. A youth in Mirgund area was seriously injured in clashes with security forces.

Top local administrator Baseer Khan said yesterday that police arrested the suspect in a village in Sumbal town and a fast-track inquiry is underway.

The governor has also urged the public to "maintain peace and mutual brotherhood", Greater Kashmir reported. "We have begun our investigations and have constituted an SIT to probe the case", said senior superintendent of police, Bandipora Rahul Malik. All political parties and religious and social groups have strongly condemned the incident and demanded that the investigation be fast-tracked.

Dozens of people were injured, a lot of them police, when officers fired tear gas and used batons to disperse stone-throwing demonstrators who had blocked part of a highway, police said in a statement. "Times like these, Shariah law seems apt so that such paedophiles are stoned to death", Mehbooba Mufti, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir said in a tweet.

"These child rapists are out there because we have failed as a society".

People's Conference general secretary Imran Reza Ansari described the incident as a crime against humanity and demanded severe punishment to the accused.

"All of Kashmir stands in unison demanding sternest punishment against the brute perpetrator", he tweeted.

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