J&K woman accuses army of gangrape, case lodged
Protests erupted in Damhal Hanjipora area of Kulgam district on Thursday after a 22-year-old woman alleged she was abducted and raped by two armymen. The police have lodged an FIR against two unnamed army personnel.india Updated: Jul 21, 2011 23:52 IST
Protests erupted in Damhal Hanjipora area of Kulgam district on Thursday after a 22-year-old woman alleged she was abducted and raped by two armymen. The police have lodged an FIR against two unnamed army personnel.
Shafaqat Watali, deputy inspector general, south Kashmir, told HT, the woman, a resident of Manzgam village, around 100 km from Srinagar, had said the incident occurred on Tuesday. The men, according to her, belonged to 66 Rashtriya Rifles.
“First she accused some unnamed army personnel of abduction and rape. Then she retracted her statement and accused a local,” said Watali.
When the news of the allegation spread and the locals came out on the streets to protest, “we thought it prudent to record her statement again in presence of some prominent locals,” said the DIG. “Then she accused two army personnel again.”
The woman is yet to undergo a medical test. “But we have registered a case on the basis of her statement,” he said. “The army has promised full cooperation and we would be holding an identification parade of the army personnel on duty in the area.” The DIG said chief minister Omar Abdullah has instructed the police to take the public into confidence and investigate the case thoroughly.
Despite repeated attempts, army spokesman colonel JS Brar was not available for comments.