People's Democratic Party (PDP) president and member of Parliament Mehbooba Mufti has strongly condemned the alleged rape and murder of a girl in Wanpora area of the Pulwama district.
Calling for immediate and stern action against the perpetrator, Mehbooba, in a statement issued here on Saturday, has sought a legal framework to address the growing incidents of violence against women and girls in Jammu and Kashmir.
Expressing anguish and pain over the recurrent incidents of violence such as rape, murder, sexual assaults and acid attacks against women and girls in the state, Mehbooba said violence against women was not a women's issue, it was a human rights issue and such incidents should be dealt with a comprehensive legislative framework so that not only justice was ensured for the victims but a legal mechanism was put in place to prevent recurrence of such reprehensible acts.
Maintaining that justice system was key to address the menace of violence against the women, Mehbooba said, "If the PDP gets a mandate to form the next government, it would bring in such laws so that every girl and woman can live safely, feel protected and grow up freely in J&K."
Urging the authorities to expedite investigation into all cases of crimes against women in the state, she suggested setting up of fast-track courts to ensure speedy delivery of justice.