Today, on 22 April 2016, the J&K Police brought Handwara minor girl from Zachaldara to the Office of the J&K State Women’s Commission (SWC) at Srinagar. Initially the minor girl and her father, in presence of DIG Central Kashmir talked to the Chairperson of SWC, Ms. Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor without the presence of her lawyers. Later, Ms. Nayeema Mehjoor allowed the legal team of the minor girl to intervene on behalf of her family.
After hearing the girl and the arguments of the legal team, Ms. Nayeema Mehjoor directed the Police to not enter the house where the girl is residing at present and that she be allowed to meet with her family, friends and the legal team complying with the High Court directions.
Chairperson of the SWC also assured the family of the minor girl that the Commission would take all necessary steps for protecting the rights of the minor girl.
Later the Police took the girl alongwith her father back to Handwara. The case is now listed on 26 April 2016 in the High Court.
Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.