Handwara ‘molestation’: Girl says she denied assault under police pressure, wants FIR against SP, Armyman

In a video-recorded "statement" released by police later, the girl had said no soldier was involved in any molestation and had blamed a local boy for misbehaving with her.

Written by Basharaat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: May 17, 2016 7:41 am
handwara, jammu and kashmir, J&K Handwara, handwara killing, handwara molestation, handwara killing probe, handwara probe, handwara firing, kupwara district, J&K, girl molestation, india news Handwara town and adjoining areas of Kupwara district of Kashmir had erupted last month after allegations that a 16-year-old girl had been molested by an army man.

The 16-year-old girl whose alleged molestation by an Armyman had sparked violence in Handwara, leading to the death of five civilians in police and Army firing, on Monday demanded the registration of a case against the accused soldier as well as the Handwara Superintendent of Police.

Last month, the girl had deposed before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Handwara, that was she not molested by an Armyman, but rather by two boys, including one in school uniform. On Monday, however, the girl said she had been pressured by the police to make such a statement.

The alleged molestation took place on April 12, following which a video was made public which showed the girl purportedly telling the police that she had not been molested by an Armyman. However, Monday’s press conference, organised by the J-K Coalition of Civil Society in Srinagar, she said the SP had made the video by “deceiving” her.

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Recalling the alleged molestation, she said, “I had gone to a public washroom. When I was coming out, a soldier came and held my hand… I freed my hand and ran out, weeping.”

The girl said she has written to the Handwara SHO to register an FIR against the soldier. “The Army soldier, whom I don’t know, must be punished for his actions of sexual assault,” she wrote. “I request that an FIR be filed against him.”

The girl said she met a neighbour outside the washroom, who asked her what had happened. “But I was silent. He even slapped me, asking me what had happened. But I only told him I have to go home,” she said.

She said the police abused and intimidated her inside the police station and that the SP recorded her video by “deception”. She sought registration of a case against him for “recording and circulating” the video.

“I was taken into a room (inside the police station). There were three policemen there. Their faces were covered. They asked me what happened. I narrated the whole incident,” she said. “They told me that I should not say this to anyone because it would put my life and my family’s life in danger. When I asked them why I should lie, one of them slapped me and said, ‘Don’t you understand? You should say what we tell you. That will save you and your family’.”

The girl said SP Ghulam Jeelani then entered the room. “He asked me what had happened. I told him what the three policemen had told me to say,” she said. “He went out of the room and returned a little later. He told me, ‘I will record this on a mobile’. I touched his feet and asked him not to share it with the media or anyone else. He recorded it by deception.”

The girl said the police abused her and forced her to sign blank papers. She said one of the officers also spat on her, while another told her: “Do you have any idea how much blood has been shed because of you?”

She said she filed her statement under duress and that she was also forced to file an application seeking police protection.

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First Published on: May 17, 2016 4:03 am
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    Abhinav Gour
    May 16, 2016 at 7:16 pm
    this is no more a case of ault, this is political now. In any case girl is a victim, but which statement earlier or this new one, is correct who knows
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      StarofVela
      May 17, 2016 at 11:53 pm
      They are not commies, neither s, nor mussies, these are accusations without proof. They are Kashmiri and they are Indians. If the army and the police treats any Indian wrongly as per this report, it should be investigated and if they are found guilty, they should be punished. This will make the other Kashmiris believe that they are part of India and not commies, s or muzzies.
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        Amrit Rao
        May 17, 2016 at 12:49 am
        What the heck were police and army thought that they can hold up girl for a month without access to her parent or lawyers and extract a force statement? Wouldn't the girl tell the truth once out of police station? I am sure police and army considered staging a suicide or encounter.
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          Bijan Mohanty
          May 16, 2016 at 4:31 pm
          Kashmir has been one of the worst administered states with both police and armed forces calling it a day. Stricter Human Rights monitoring is necessary to instill confidence and security in a common man.
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            Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
            May 16, 2016 at 4:55 pm
            In another mainstream english daily there is slightly different version. The girl shook of the hand of the army man and came out of the washroom crying. By that there was a big crowd gathered in front of the washroom. Before she could tell the crowd what had happened a policeman in the crowd dragged her to the police station. Now just think of this in this manner. ."""She shouted after she got her hand released from the grip of the army man who was trying to molest her. There were many people who had gathered outside the washroom. And then one policeman took her or dragged her to the police station and the story goes on. Now when so many people were present there and they saw a policeman dragging a crying girl, will they just leave the place quietly as if it was something normal and don't give a second thought. You should remember it is the Kashmiri public who will just ran to the streets with stones in their hand when they hear some rumour of army molestation. Is it possible that the crowd did not try to obstruct the lone policeman to drag the helpless girl? The 'aam public' is not afraid of police. It is the other way round. At least won't they have all gone with the policeman and the girl to the police station and made a big protest there? Won't they have gone inside the washroom and made a pulp of the army man? This story is a cooked up story made by the enemies of the present government headed by PDP/BJP combine ably aided by militants and their supporters."""
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              Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
              May 16, 2016 at 4:29 pm
              Will not a girl have more confidence in someone known to her than in police? She refused to tell what had happened to the neighbour who was very much present on spot. Instead she went to the police station. Can anyone imagine a 16 year old girl going to the police station of her own free will and complaining about an army man? And this burkha clad photograph of someone does not look like that of the girl's photo which had come in some media earlier. There the photograph looked like that of a young girl while this one looks that of much older person. There is some problem with her left eye lower lid and it could be even a man dressed in burkha. This w issue looks like some more manufactured things to discredit the PDP/BJP coalition ministry by its opponents aided by militants and their supporters in Kashmir. Handing over Kashmir to Army is the only solution to put a stop to these problems.
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                A. M.
                May 16, 2016 at 9:37 pm
                I hope that when your sister gets the same treatment from the army /police men , then you will also say the same thing that you are saying now.
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                  A. M.
                  May 16, 2016 at 9:40 pm
                  India cheated the poor Kashmiris by fooling them.
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                    A. M.
                    May 16, 2016 at 9:39 pm
                    Keep your imaginary matas in your pocket
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                      dv1936
                      May 16, 2016 at 3:35 pm
                      By these means India wants to win the sympathy of Kashmiris, what a pity.
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                        dv1936
                        May 16, 2016 at 6:12 pm
                        Go to s and they will destroy you completely as they have done in their Kashmir.
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                          dv1936
                          May 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm
                          You are truly a rotten
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                            Michael
                            May 16, 2016 at 8:32 pm
                            Kashmir is a sh*t . Let the terrorists rot there.
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                              Michael
                              May 16, 2016 at 8:34 pm
                              Kashmiris also trust that stan is a paradise. Tells a lot about their judgment.
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                                Anand Ch
                                May 17, 2016 at 1:03 am
                                Put the police under the control of army and stop this stupid score settling. Looks Kashmir police needs a shake up.
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                                  Rolly Kumari
                                  May 16, 2016 at 6:15 pm
                                  U will never get freedom from India but instead u will get danda from army if u dont stop this chanting of Freedom freedom from India.
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                                    Samir Kaul
                                    May 16, 2016 at 6:38 pm
                                    Yes- Hope someone molests your daughter or sister and then you will blame s
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                                      arvind
                                      May 16, 2016 at 4:05 pm
                                      She gave her earlier statement to a magistrate , now saying she was pressurized to gave clean chit to soldiers .. How can we trust her now ? how do we know weather she is again be pressurized to give a statement against the soldier by some other party. She should be booked first for changing her statement. she should be put behind bar for lying in front of a magistrate even if her claims are found to be true which is very unlikely.
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                                        WAQAS
                                        May 16, 2016 at 4:43 pm
                                        N keep dat anti-national rant, ISIS supporter rant, mulla rant for Bihari Muslims. We Kashmiris ll always show u ua place
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                                          WAQAS
                                          May 16, 2016 at 4:57 pm
                                          Send more army to inflict brutalities on us, more blood u spill more stronger we get in our belief for freedom. we ll neva sympathise with u.
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                                            WAQAS
                                            May 16, 2016 at 4:10 pm
                                            She was in illegal custody of police. Is it too stupid to believe da statement given under da pressure of police. Everyone in Kashmir knew wat the thing was about, now everybody in India ll know, it's a different question dey don't agree because it goes against da army. Moreover army has done this before by detaining a gal and not letting journo's meeting her and raping her for two dauys. Not a new thing for Kashmiri's. Dis makes us stronger, dis makes us hate u more.
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