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Sunday, July 24, 2011

KASHMIR: Total shutdown in Valley, Brinda demands independent probe!


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SHUJAAT BUKHARI / The Hindu / SRINAGAR, July 24, 2011.

A deserted street in Srinagar during Saturday's shutdown called in the Kashmir Valley to protest against the alleged rape of a woman. Photo: Nissar Ahmad
A deserted street in Srinagar during Saturday's shutdown called in the Kashmir Valley to protest against the alleged rape of a woman. Photo: Nissar Ahmad - The Hindu.

Calls for action against policemen who released medical report on rape victim
Even as the Kashmir Valley observed a complete shutdown on Saturday protesting against the alleged rape of a young woman in Kulgam, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat demanded an impartial probe, and also action against policemen who had released a medical report on the victim and a compact disk containing her statements.
Speaking to The Hindu, Ms. Karat expressed surprise at “the way police released the so-called medical report about the victim and also the CD”
“It is aimed at influencing the inquiry and the public opinion and it is reprehensible. The concerned officers should be suspended,” said Ms. Karat, who arrived here on a two-day visit as part of an 11-member consultative committee of MPs on women's empowerment
It was unethical and unlawful to disclose the identity of the rape victim, she said. “How can they do this and violate the protocol set for such cases.” The police action was highly provocative. “We will have to wait for investigation but it has to be independent.”

HURRIYAT PROTEST

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“UNSOUND MIND”


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‘GOVERNMENT STILL IN PARALYSIS'


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In view of highly contradicting versions, emotionally surcharged situation and the nature of crime alleged, an independent and transparent enquiry should be conducted fast!

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