Idrees Ali

Veterinary students stage protest against ‘sexual assault’ on minor girl 

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Ganderbal Sep 14:  Veterinary students of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K) Friday staged a protest demonstration in the university campus at Shuhuma against alleged sexual assault on a non-local girl.

Protesting students said the alleged victim was working as a domestic help in the house of a university professor located near the hostel of the university.

“On Wednesday evening, she was allegedly taken to nearby dense area by a local man who then allegedly sexually assaulted her,” they added.

Witnesses said the students from the university assembled in the campus and raised slogans against the accused and were demanding exemplary punishment to the accused.

The protesting students said, "We were shocked to hear about this gruesome act. We will stand with the victim till justice is delivered."

Students also protested against the laxity on the part of university.  A female protester said, "We are feeling very insecure after this act. Today it happened to one girl; tomorrow it can happen with anyone else. How is the university administration allowing locals to roam in university campus?"

SSP Ganderbal Khalil Ahmad Poswal, said, "We have registered a case with regard to complaint of sexual assault. We have arrested the accused. He is resident of Shubuta Ganderbal. We are awaiting result of medical examination and further investigation is going on."

"Students were expressing some security concerns. We have already deployed our policemen for regular patrolling in the area," he added.

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