Chief Minister Jammu and Kashmir – #FreeHandwaraGirl #Vaw

Posted: April 20, 2016 in Armed Forces Special Power Act, Human Rights, State Violence, Violence against Women, Women Rights



Since 12th April, a minor girl has been in illegal police custody because she was molested and the local people protested against this. 

The child was forced to give a false testimony exonerating her molesters, the testimony was circulated over YouTube, revealing her identity to the entire world. 

Her mother was not allowed to speak to the Press about the issue. She continues to be in illegal detention, without any support to rights groups or child support organisation. 

Since 12 April, the 16 year old Handwara girl has been effectively in continuous illegal police custody.Her access to her family and legal team has not only been prevented but also controlled by the state authorities. 

The continued detention of the minor girl and her family members violates their civil liberty and basic rights too. The continued police detention also means a threat to her physical and psychological well being.

At present the minor girl and her family members are in police detention at an undisclosed location.

We the undersigned demand the immediate release of the 16 year old Handwara Girl and her family members from illegal police custody  and their unhindered access to legal help  and due process of justice .



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