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J&k police claim Kulgam rape never happened

india Updated: Aug 16, 2011 22:59 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Omar Abdullah

The woman from south Kashmir’s Kulgam district who had claimed she was abducted and raped by army personnel, was making false allegations, the J&K police has said.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday after the special investigation team completed its probe, the police however, did not elaborate on her motive, saying instead that she had been “misled”.

On July 21, the 25-year-old married woman, a resident of Damhal Hanjipora, around 100 km from Srinagar, had filed her complaint with the police.

Despite the fact that she changed her statement a few times, once even retracting that the army was involved, her allegations created a furore.

Chief minister Omar Abdullah vowed action against the guilty and the army initiated its own probe.

“Material evidence and medical evidence prove the woman was neither abducted nor raped,” said Mubashir Latifi, superintendent of police, Kulgam.

“She went missing on July 20, but she was not abducted by any army personnel or a civilian. In fact, she said so in her deposition before the chief judicial magistrate,” the SP said. “We have evidence that somebody misled her and we would be coming up with the facts in due course.”

Latifi said the woman’s statement claiming she was abducted on July 19 was false too.

“She had left home on July 20 after an altercation with her husband. She intended to go her mother’s house at Mahore, 30 km away, but changed her mind midway. She spent the night at a dhok (abandoned shepherd’s hut built by the tribals) and returned home the next day,” the SP said.

After the woman made her complaint, the police had deployed security personnel at her home. The media or politicians were not allowed to speak to her.

A parliamentary delegation for women’s empowerment, headed by Chandresh Kumari of Congress, was not permitted to visit the family either during its trip to the Valley last month.