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‘Indian police keeping molested girl under constant watch’

Srinagar, April 19, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS)), a local human rights group, has said that Indian police is keeping the minor girl, who was molested by an Indian soldier in Handwara, under constant watch.

The molestation of the minor girl on last Tuesday had led to forceful anti-India demonstrations and subsequent killing of five civilians in Kupwara district in the firing by Indian soldiers on the protesters. The puppet authorities even continue to impose curfew and other restrictions in Handwara and Kupwara areas even after the lapse of one week to the incident.

The JKCCS in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the police were forcing the girl into making a statement exonerating the guilty soldier, adding that she was detained illegally. “The girl and her family are under constant police surveillance despite her release from the police custody and relocation at a relative’s place in Zachaldara village of the district,” it said.

The statement said that the police had also created impediments to the meeting between the girl and her lawyers appointed as legal counsels by her family. It said that the police had confiscated the cellphone of the family to ensure that no contact be made between the family and the legal team.

The JKCCS said that its team managed to meet the minor girl at her relative’s place late on Sunday night even as the police tried to hamper the meeting. The team said that the minor girl on two occasions – in the video recorded and circulated and in the statement before the judicial magistrate – were pressurized to testify in a manner as directed by the police. None of these statements was made voluntarily, it added.

The JKCCS said that from April 12 to 14, the minor girl and her family were illegally detained at the Handwara Police Station. From 11pm of April 14 to the morning of April 16 the minor girl and family were illegally detained at a policeman’s private residence at Shahla village who was a complete stranger to the family, the statement said.

On April 16, the minor girl’s statement was recorded before the judicial magistrate at Handwara. Her father was not present in court during the recording of the statement. “No lawyer was present in court accompanying her. In the courtroom, besides the judge, there were four other persons who the minor girl couldn’t identify. From the night of April 16 to morning of April 18 the family has stayed at Zachaldara under constant police surveillance and control,” it added.

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