Identity of Handwara girl withheld
8 June 2016
Today, the father of the Handwara minor girl submitted an application to the Judicial Magistrate, Handwara for registering FIR against the molestation by the army personnel of 21 RR, the police misconduct, illegal detention, intimidation and against the recording & circulation of the video of the minor girl without the consent of her parents. After hearing the arguments of the JKCCS legal team the Judicial Magistrate issued the notice to SHO Handwara to submit the status report of the case by 15 June.
Earlier on 16 May 2016, the family of the Handwara minor girl sent an application to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and the SHO Handwara for registering two separate FIRs; one FIR against the army personnel of 21 RR who molested the minor girl outside the public toilet at Handwara market. Another FIR against the S. P. Handwara, Ghulam Jeelani Wani and others who recorded and circulated the video statement of the minor girl without the consent of her parents and for the misconduct, intimidation and the illegal police custody of the Handwara minor girl. For more than 20 days the Police have not filed the FIR, therefore the family of the Handwara minor girl decided to petition the Handwara district court as per the established procedures under section 156(3) Cr. P.C.
As experienced so far, the police are making every effort to scuttle seeking justice for the Handwara minor girl. They have also used rumours as a medium for tarnishing the credibility of the girl and her family. Despite all the intimidation the family is undeterred and will continue to strive to ensure that truth about this case is not buried by the oppressive State machinery.
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”.