Jammu and Kashmir National Conference State women’s wing president Shameema Firdous on Tuesday called on Governor Satya Pal Malik here at Raj Bhawan and presented him a memorandum demanding prompt delivery of justice into the Sumbal rape incident.
In the memorandum presented to governor she decried the acts of molestation and other brutalities against women. “I am writing to you at a time when we all are writhing in agony due to the heinous act of rape that was committed on a minor girl in Sumbal, Bandipora. The outrage it has generated within all sections of the society proves that no Kashmiri will tolerate such crimes. We stand in solidarity with the little girl and her family in this hour of extreme pain. We expect that the case is taken to its logical end on fast track basis and the guilty is punished,” the memorandum reads.
Party’s provincial president, Er. Sabiya Qadri also accompanied Shameema.
Expressing dismay over the lackadaisical approach on the deliverance of justice in rape and molestation cases, she passionately appealed the state governor to ensure time bound inquiry into such gruesome incidents. “The horrible act however cannot be seen as a one-off incident as such acts against our women folk has seen a spur in recent times in our state. Unfortunately, many victims of sexual violence fail to get timely justice making it easier for the offenders to walk free or in other cases, the case take years all together to deliver justice to the victims,” she implored.
Demanding a through inquiry into the rape of a minor girl in Sumbal, she advocated for exemplary punishment to the offender which should act as a deterrent for future. “The rape that was committed in Sumbal could have been avoided if the offenders of such crimes would have been meted out with exemplary punishments in the past. To our dismay nothing of that sort seems to be happening in the Kathua case, the family is still waiting for justice. Justice delayed is justice denied, the proverbial assertion is the reflective of the situation vis-à-vis our state,” she said.