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Joint separatist leadership condemns rape incident, demands exemplary punishment to culprit

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Srinagar: A joint statement issued by Hurriyat (G), Hurriyat (M) and JKLF, under the name of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), has condemned the rape incident of a minor girl in Sumbal, Bandipora and termed it shocking, unfortunate, gruesome and inhuman act.

While terming the incident as a stain on the social, spiritual fabric and rich culture of Kashmir, the joint separatist leadership has said that the incident needs a thorough investigations and the culprit of this immoral act needs to be awarded an exemplary punishment.

The statement said that the incident has not only left the conscience of every Kashmiri badly shaken but brought every head down in shame.

The joint statement said: “While this shameful and heart-breaking incident has pierced through our hearts and minds and left all of us shocked, some people might take advantage and try to divide us in the name of sects and tribes. The affected kid belongs to all of us and we all share the pain and agony of her family and stand firmly behind them.”

The separatists have urged and stressed people across all sections to maintain unity and brotherhood on all fronts, and to exhibit patience and discipline.

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