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Handwara girl’s statement taken out of pressure: Counsel

Srinagar, April 21, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the counsel for the Handwara girl has said that her statement before the Chief Judicial Magistrate was the result of police pressure. The consul said the girl was pressurized to testify in a manner as directed by the police. He said the girl’s statement before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Handwara was recorded in the absence of her father and her lawyers.

The legal team of Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) met the girl and her family the other night. In the meeting, the girl and the family re-affirmed that they wished the legal team to continue to represent them. They stated that they had effectively been kept in illegal police detention and wrongful confinement from April 12 to date and had been intimidated, abused and kept under constant surveillance.

He said the JKCCS has contacted Nayeema Mehjoor, Chairperson of the Commission for Women, who promised to assist in appropriate re-location of the family to a private and safe place, away from media and police or other official interference but with unhindered access to the right of the family to lawyers.

Meanwhile, the High Court of the territory has issued a notice to the authorities for filing its response within a week to a Public Interest Litigation, demanding a judicial probe by a sitting judge in the molestation of the schoolgirl and the subsequent killing of five persons in firing by government forces.

A division bench of Justices Ali Mohammad Magrey and Tash iRabstan also urged the Advocate General to assist the court on the next date of hearing on April 26. The court passed the directions after hearing advocate Mian Qayoom, President of Kashmir High Court Bar Association, who has filed the petition.

In his arguments, Qayoom referred to various news reports to substantiate the plea. He also referred to the statement by PDP’s MP from North Kashmir and Supreme Court lawyer, Muzaffar Hussain Beigh, seeking a judicial probe by the high court’s sitting judge.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
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