Probe in ‘Abduction, Rape’ of Kashmiri Woman in Final Stage

Srinagar, July 29: The police chief of Indian administered Kashmir Friday said police investigations into the alleged rape and abduction of a woman are in the final stage.

On the 21st of July a young woman, Ruqaya of Kulgam had alleged that she was abducted and later raped by two uniformed men. The incident evoked strong condemnation with police forming a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the incident.

“I don’t want to get into the details of the case. All I can say is that the investigations into the case have reached the final stage. The investigation report will be made public soon and things will be clear to everyone,” police chief Kuldip Khoda told the media on sidelines of a 3-day sports event “Jashn-e-Dal” organized by police.

He refused to comment when asked if it was ethical for police to release the video tape of the victim.

“The investigations are conducted and later sent to court where the same become a public document. I don’t want to go into calling it as ethical or unethical,” he said.

Khoda said adequate security measures have been taken to ensure smooth conduct of Amarnath Yatra. “From time to time, we get inputs regarding security threats to yatra but our priority has always been the safe passage of the pilgrims and smooth functioning of the Yatra,” he added.

Fayaz Wani reports on life in Srinagar, Kashmir.