Political parties, leaders condemn Sumbal rape case

Students staging a protest over Sumbal rape case in Srinagar on Monday. -Excelsior/Shakeel
Students staging a protest over Sumbal rape case in Srinagar on Monday. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, May 13: Various political parties, their leaders as well as social and trade organizations today came forward to condemn the gruesome rape of a 3-year-old girl at Sumbal in Badipora district and appealed the Governor to announce a special fast track court to ensure early and stringent punishment to the accused.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC), while condemning the rape of the minor girl, described the incident as very shameful, heinous and blot on rich culture of Kashmir. The Party seeks exemplary punishment to the culprit on fast track basis. Terming the incident as shameful, MLC GN Monga said, “There is immediate need to punish the culprit so that it becomes a deterrent for the future”.
The DCC Srinagar also expressed serious concern over gruesome incident. The DCC leaders, in a meeting held at Srinagar, condemned the incident in strongest words while demanding exemplary punishment to culprit.
Expressing anger and pain on the rape of the minor girl north Kashmir’s Bandipora, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice president Abdul Rahman Veeri has pitched for the exemplary punishment to the culprits behind the crime. Veeri stated that if the culprits are allowed to go scot-free, Kashmir will soon turn into unfit and most unsafe place for women. He asked the Government to conduct a thorough investigation of the case and ensure justice to the victim.
The chief patron of National Panthers Party (NPP), Prof Bhim Singh called on all those believe in humanity to join the voice of condemnation of rape of 3-year old girl in Kashmir the other day putting the humanity in shame. Prof Bhim Singh said that this was inhuman, intolerable and unforgivable criminal act which deserves to be condemned by all those believe in social, cultural and human values of a human being.
The State unit of CPI(M) termed the rape of 3-year-old girl most shameful act and against the human values. “There is a need for a comprehensive campaign against the obscurantism, exploitation and violence against the women. There should be no room for those who shield the criminals under the one garb or the other,” senior CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami said and hoped that Governor administration will probe the incident on fast track basis and punish the culprit on fast track trial.
Chairman/Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC Leh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal in strongest term condemned the rape of the minor girl. Terming the incident as gruesome attack on the innocence of child and humanity, the Chairman urged upon the authorities for fast track disposal of the case along with stringent deterrent punishment to the culprit. The Chairman on behalf of LAHDC, Leh and people of Leh district expressed solidarity with the family.
Expressing grief and sorrow over the gruesome incident, Janta Dal United JD(U) State president G M Shaheen has termed it as a black stain on our social fabric and rich culture. Demanding death penalty to the accused, Shaheen said, “We request the authorities to hang the rapist to stop such cases from happening in the future”. He said the incident has sent shivers down the spines of everyone.
Condemning the rape incident in strongest terms, Peoples Conference (PC) chairman Sajad Gani Lone appealed the Governor to ensure exemplary punishment for the perpetrator. In a statement, Lone said, “I appeal the Governor to personally monitor the situation. This crime is a crime against a daughter and she is our daughter and we are all duty bound to stand up against this crime and ensure that exemplary punishment meted out to the shameless perpetrator is an all-time deterrent for such morally deviant sociopaths”.
Describing the outraging of chastity of a 3-year-old minor girl in Sumbal as crime against humanity, Peoples Conference (PC) general secretary Imran Reza Ansari said: “Our heads should hang in shame over the horrific crime in the holy month of Ramdhan. When Muslims across the world are fasting, a beast in our society outraged chastity of a 3-year-old kid”. Ansari said the need of hour is to set up a fast track court for punishing the accused.
Congress leader Kadfeen Choudhary termed the Bandipora rape as most gruesome act ever witnessed in the recent times in Kashmir. Kadfeen while demanding stern punishment to the culprits also requested the teachers and parents along with the civil society to impart moral education to children and make Moral Science an inseparable part of the school curriculum.
Expressing shock over the heinous rape incident, Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad, president of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) termed the occurrence of the incident in the Holy Month as an indicator of our society suffering from a moral breakdown. He urged the Governor to announce a special fast track court for ensuring early punishment to the accused.
EJAC today organized an extraordinary meeting in Srinagar under the chairmanship of president Fayaz Ahmad Shabnam in which the Sumbal rape incident girl was strongly condemned. While expressing deep grief over this incident, Shabnam demanded stern and exemplary punishment to the accused so that such incidents won’t be repeated in the future.
The whole Kargil town observed shutdown after midday prayers and protested against the rape of a 3-year old girl child in Sumbal, Bandipora. The protest started from Jamia Masjid Kargil under the banner of Imam Khomeni Memorial Trust Kargil, and after passing through Kalon Rahim Khan (KRK) Chowk and main bazaar of Kargil, concluded at Kalon Rahim Khan Chowk Kargil (Lal Chowk). Hundreds of students from Mutharry Public School and women from Zainabia Welfare Committee Kargil participated in the protest. They demanded stern action against the culprits.
Meanwhile, Student Educational Movement of Kargil (SEMOK), Youth Action Committee Kargil and many other organizations also condemned this heinous crime.