Bandipora rape: Clashes erupt outside Amar Singh, Bemina colleges in Srinagar

Bandipora rape: Clashes erupt outside Amar Singh, Bemina colleges in Srinagar

The state police has constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the rape case and one person has been arrested.

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. "The accused has been arrested".

Students of Kashmir University, Central University and the Islamic University of Science and Technology boycotted classes and held protests.

Divisional commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan released a video appealing for calm. But the principal had stated his date of birth as July 23, 2009, making him just nine years old.

Angry villagers assembled in the main markets of Sumbal and Shadipora to protest against the minor's rape allegedly by a neighbour on May 8 at Tarigam Sumbal in Bandipora.

"Mortified to hear about the rape of a 3 yr old girl in Sumbal".

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Declaring the certificate fake, police said the accused is not a juvenile.

During the clashes, police and paramilitary soldiers fired shotgun pellets and tear gas and also fired into the air to stop stone-throwing protesters from marching on highways.

A senior police officer told The Indian Express that protests took place in more than 12 places mostly in Central and North Kashmir on Sunday.

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

The governor directed the police to make the case foolproof to ensure exemplary punishment for the accused. "Society often blames women for inviting unwanted attention but what was this child's fault?Times like these, Shariah law seems apt so that such paedophiles are stoned to death", she wrote. "The victim is the daughter of Kashmir and everyone is in grief. We need to work hard to rediscover the moral foundations of our society", Lone said. "The rapist is among us, facilitators are among us, those who shield rapists they are among us, stalkers are among us, abusers are among us", bureaucrat turned politician Shah Faesal tweeted, demanding the justice for the minor rape victim. A youth in Mirgund area was seriously injured in clashes with security forces. "All of Kashmir stands in unison", said Mr. Farooq.

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