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    Kashmiri women shout slogans during a protest against the alleged rape of a 3 year old girl from north Kashmir at Mirgund, outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, May 13, 2019

    Calls for Sharia Law as Kashmir Erupts Over Rape of 3-Year-Old Girl

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    The incident has resulted in vociferous demands for Sharia Law from Kashmiri leaders even as a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police is probing the crime following the arrest of the accused.

    New Delhi (India): A deep sense of shock and disgust is prevalent in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir over the rape of a three-year-old girl by her child-molester neighbour, reported India Today. The incident took place in the district of Bandipora last week. The entire Kashmir valley observed a shutdown on Sunday and Monday in protest, demanding that the culprit be brought to justice, the media report read.    

    People's Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti said that she was left mortified by the incident and said only Sharia Law needs to be applied to perpetrators of such heinous crimes.

    Jammu and Kashmir's political parties have also reacted to the incident, condemning it.

    Omar Abdullah, National Conference leader and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, took to twitter to describe the rape as a travesty, calling on the police to conduct a speedy investigation.

    Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference Chairman Sajjad Gani Lone called for social introspection over the "beastly" incident and criticised the police's behaviour towards protesters.

    Protestors want swift and stringent punishment for the accused. Schools and business establishments remain closed and public transport has also been affected by the closure. Government offices and banks, however, remain open, the report said.

    The little girl was raped on 9 May before the Iftar (evening meal during the holy month of Ramadan), the victim's family stated in its complaint.

    A medical examination confirmed the rape and the accused has been booked on rape charges and POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences), the report cited a police officer as saying.

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